The mango is called ‘the King of Asiatic fruits” for being the most popular and delicious fruit of the tropics and also for its medicinal properties in both unripe and ripe states.
There are over a hundred types of mangoes available all over the world and the best varieties are juicy, sweet and have a deliciously piquant flavor and very little fiber. The worst types are those which are very fibrous and with turpentine flavor. Usually some types are found which are rich in taste in sub-continent and others are available in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world. Pakistan also has different and very tasty kinds of mangoes due to its geographical location and its weather which provides the best suitable environment for mango trees to grow very easily.
Benefits from unripe mangoes:
- Consuming unriped mangoes with salt prevents the excessive loss of water from the body and helps to quenches our thirst; thereby also protects us from the adverse effects of very high temperature and scorching winds. Boiled unriped mangoes juice mixed with sugar, cumin and pinch of salt helps to treat the prickly heat, sour throat and sun stroke in summer.
- A drink, prepared from the unripe mango and cooked in hot ashes and mixing the pith with sugar and water, serves as an effective remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating.
- Dried mango powder called Amchur, a popular article of diet in Indian houses, consists of green mangoes skinned, stoned, cut into pieces and dried in the sun. 15 gm. of it is believed to be equivalent to 30 gm. of good lime on account of its citric content,and is highly beneficial in treating Scurvy, otherwise known as Vitamin C deficiency.
- Unriped mangoes is rich with pectin; and when mixed with honey and salt, it is highly beneficial in treating gastro-intestinal disorders, such that eating one or two small tender mangoes (young mango in which the seed is not fully formed) with salt and honey has been found to be very effective medicine for indigestion, summer diarrhea, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, dysentery, piles, and constipation.
- The green mango is valuable in blood disorders because of its high vitamin C content; it increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and helps the formation of new blood cells. It also aids in the absorption of iron and prevents bleeding tendencies. It increases body resistance against anemia, dysentery, cholera and tuberculosis.
- It is an excellent fruit remedy for bilious disorders.; and helps in treating liver disorders as it increase the secretion of bile acids and cleanses the intestines of bacterial infections; thereby acting as an intestinal antiseptic. Hence, daily consumption of green mango with honey and pepper cures biliousness, food putrefaction, i. e., when proteins are decomposed by bacteria. In short, it tones up the liver and keeps it healthy.
- Unriped mangoes have more Antioxidants and Vitamin C than ripe mangoes and these antioxidant properties improves stamina and helps to protect the body against cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
- As an alkaline food, unripe mangoes help to control acidity to some extent because it is astringent and antiscorbutic. The skin of the unripe fruit is astringent and stimulant tonic. The bark is also astringent and has a marked action on mucous membranes.
Precaution: Unripe mangoes should not be eaten in excess.
1. As with anything else, anything in excess may be harmful. So we ought to remember that green/ unripe mangoes shouldn’t also be taken excessively, because too much unripe mangoes may cause:
- throat irritation
- abdominal colic
2. We should never consume more than one or two green mangoes daily.
3. Never drink water immediately after eating the green mango because it may coagulate the sap and make it more irritant.
4. Take note also that the sap or milky juice which comes out on breaking the stalk of the green mango is irritant and astringent. Eating green mangoes without draining the sap may cause mouth, throat and gastro intestinal irritations. The sap should, therefore be fully squeezed out or the skin should be peeled before using raw mango.
5. Excessive consumption of mangoes may produce ailments like constipation, eye affections, blood impurities and seasonal fever. Children who consume the fruit in excess generally suffer from skin disease in its seasons.
6. Mango pickles preserved in oil and salted solution is used throughout India and in other parts of the world; however, these pickles, if extremely sour, spicy and oily are not good for health and should be specially avoided by those suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, sinusitis, sore throat and hyperacidity.
The next time you have those unripe mangoes on your dining table, look at them with new eyes. Now you know they are more than just mouth-watering!