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Wonders of African Mango

African mango scientifically known as Irvingia gabonensis is a species of African trees in the genus Irvingia; sometimes known by the common names wild mango, bush mango, dika or ogbono. They bear edible mango-like fruits, and are particularly appreciated for their fat- and protein-rich nuts. The plant is native to humid forest zone from the northern tip of Angola, including Congo, DR Congo, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and south-western Uganda. Few of the popular common names of the plant are bread tree, African wild mango, wild mango, bush mango, African mango, Dika Nut, Abesebuo, Andok, Boborou, Bush mango, Dika, Duika, Ebi, Eniok and Esele

The tree reaches maturity and begins flowering at 10 to 15 years of age, while flowering and fruiting times differ according to geographic location. Timber and wood of the tree are fine grained, hard, and durable. Ripe fruit is green while the edible mesocarp is soft, juicy, and bright orange. The mesocarp has a turpentine flavor and may taste sweet to slightly bitter. The seeds or kernels of the tree are classified

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