The Mango is widely known for its edible fruit, which has succulent yellow ripe flesh, and is enjoyed by people as well as animals. Though its place of origin is uncertain, it is thought to have originated from the monsoon belt of India. It has been cultivated for many centuries, and today is grown in many parts of the world.
This tree can grow to 35 m tall, with a dense rounded crown of dark green leathery leaves, and rough, shallowly fissured bark. Though its fruit is sweet and fragrant when ripe, its leaves, when crushed, smell of turpentine. The tree usually undergoes two flowering seasons each year. Its flowers are fragrant, held in dense bunches and greenish yellow to pale cream or even reddish in colour. Its fruit is round to oblong in shape, up to 20 cm long and 10 cm wide, and ripens from green to yellow or orange.