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At present, 6,800 hectares of land in Tainan are dedicated to growing mangoes, and the region exports about 900 metric tons of the fruit to Japan and 600 metric tons to South Korea every year.

Mangoes were introduced to Taiwan in 1562 and their first home was near Lioujia Township, Tainan County. 

After many years of developments and introduction of new types of mangoes through the Japanese occupation/colonial era and Taiwan Retrocession, a large variety of mangoes are grown in Tainan with more being studied and developed near the county. 

In addition of the domestically famous Irwin, Chiin Hwang, Local (土芒果), there's Keitt, Kent (肯特), Haden and Tainung No.1 and 2 and other types available. Tainan County has become the biggest mango-producing place in Taiwan with over 1 hundred thousand ton per year.

With exceptional qualities these mangoes have been exported overseas to places like Hong Kong, Singapore, and other Southeastern places. The most demanding consumers in Japan have been highly satisfied with these mangoes and they've been selling at good prices in Japan with demands climbing year after year.

Thanks to the continual research and development, the flesh of the mangoes in Tainan County has become sweeter and more delicious year after year and these wonderful delicacies can be stored for longer periods of time without going over-ripen too soon, which means there's more time for the consumers to save these mangoes. The stable and strong quality of these delightful treats make them one of the "must have during travels" produce in Taiwan

Mangoes favor seasons with high temperature and high humidity. They blossom in spring and the fruits are ready by June and July. The structure of the tree is tough and high tensile strength and they are often planted at the sides of roads for aesthetic as well as wind-blocking purposes. In places like Yujing Township, Tainan County, there are many green tunnels formed with mango trees. One of the favorite past time during harvesting season for people is to take long bamboo sticks and try to poke at the fruits, make them fall off the trees and take them home.

For this summer, why not give Tainan County a go? You'll certainly enjoy some gorgeously sweet, natural and healthy treats and bathe yourself in the tropical atmosphere.

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While "Flavor" is very subjective, and each country that grows mangoes is very nationalistic, these are the mango varieties that are the most sought after around the world because of sweetnesss (Brix) and demand.

The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???

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Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.32 PM IST

Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.

However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.

Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Inaugurating a two-day Vasanthotsava organized by Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisargadhama and the Corporation at P…

Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

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