National Geographic : 1951 Sep
© National Geographic Society Mangoes, a Basic Fruit in the 361 Painting by Else Bostelinann Tropics, Are Still Rare in America Mangoes are native to southeast Asia and the Malay Archipelago. Portuguese planted them in Brazil about 1700; first successful Florida plantings came after 1860. The fruit, hanging like pendulums from long stems, may grow to four or five pounds. Best varieties have a rich, spicy flavor unmatched by any other fruit.