Are Mangoes a Stone Fruit? (EXPLAINED)

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Are Mangoes a Stone Fruit?

Mangoes are delicious tropical fruits that are consumed around the world fresh, dried, and as an ingredient in many types of food (from salads and desert foods to meat dishes).

The mango is thought to have originated from the regions between northern India and Asia. Today, the fruit is grown worldwide and is available in hundreds of species.

Mangoes may be gold, orange, green, or yellow, and come in numerous shapes, sizes, and sweetness.

But, let’s get to the point: are mangoes considered a stone fruit?

Quick Answer: Yes, mango is considered a stone fruit. Because of their thin skin, thick inner flesh, and large inner seed, mangoes are classified as stone fruits.

Are Mango Stones Freestone or Clingstone?

Mango stones have, in large part, freestones. That’s because they are so easily removed from most types of mango fruits by simply slicing them open. 

That said, with as many types of mangos as there are these days there are a few popular cultivars that produce fruit with harder-to-remove pits (which classifies them as clingstones).

All in all, Mangos are truthfully both freestone and clingstone

Similar Stone Fruits

  • Apricots are somewhat similar to mango in texture, color, and the fact that they both have mostly-easy-to-remove stones in their centers
  • Dates are stone fruit that are like mangos in that they are rather sweet (for a stone fruit) and are viewed as a delicacy when dried (like mango in certain areas)
  • Peaches, if a little bit less juicy, would be otherwise extremely similar to smaller mangos in size, shape, and seed size (they are also freestone and clingstone, like mango)

 

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