The mango originated from the Indo-Burma region and has been cultivated in India for more than 4,000 years. Its distribution gradually spread from this region and the fruit is now grown throughout the tropical world. The mango belongs to the same family of plants as the cashew, the local plums and the golden apple.
The mango tree is tough, fire-resistant, drought tolerant and makes an excellent shade tree. The mango can be considered a more important fruit in the tropics than the apple in temperate climates, and is universally considered one of the finest fruits in the world.