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Myanmar mangoes are large, juicy mangoes that are oval in shape. One end bears a prominent 'hook', a distinct trademark of this fruit. Each mango can grow to around 11 centimeters in diameter and 15 centimeters in length and can be over 3 pounds in weight. The outer skin is thin and is an orange-yellow in color. Myanmar mangoes are extremely fragrant. The inner skin is orange in color, and is extremely sweet and juicy, with just a hint of sourness. Each mango has a small, flat inner seed. Myanmar mangoes are known for their non-fibrous flesh.
Myanmar mangoes can be found from April to August.
Myanmar mangoes are also known as Sein Ta Lone mangoes, which translate to mean "Diamond mangoes". They are said to be the best variety available in Myanmar, and are prized for their flavor and fragrance. Myanmar mangoes are a popular choice for export, and can be found in surrounding countries such as China and Singapore when they are in season.
Myanmar mangoes contain extremely high amounts of vitamin C. They also contain vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E and vitamin K. They contain potassium, niacin, manganese and magnesium, and are high in polyphenols such as mangiferin, catechins and quercetin, which act as antioxidants.
Myanmar mangoes are best eaten fresh out of hand. They may be used to make smoothies, and taste great in ice cream desserts. To store Myanmar mangoes, keep them in a paper bag at room temperature until they ripen. Then, transfer them to the refrigerator, where they will last for around a week. Scoop out the soft inner flesh and freeze it for a longer shelf life.
The Myanmarese so love the flavor of mangoes that they even eat the fruit when it is still in bud form. Mango tree leaves are also used in Myanmar cuisine, and are eaten as a vegetable with fish paste. Mango stems are used medicinally to soothe toothaches
Mangoes are said to have first been found in Malaysia, close to the Indo-Burmese region. By the 4th or 5th Century BCE, mangoes were widely cultivated in neighbouring countries. The exact origins of Myanmar mangoes is uncertain. However, they are grown in the central Mandalay region, as well as southern parts of the country.