French Polynesia Post has presented a stamp featuring one of the most popular fruit grown on its territory - the mango.
Originating in India and Burma, the mango was introduced into Polynesia in 1848 and was quickly adopted by the population. After the banana, the mango is the tropical fruit that is most produced in the world. Today there are some 300 cultivated species. They are first-rate providers of vitamin A and C and are very abundant from December to February. Many varieties can be found market stalls: the atoni mango (very fragrant and fibrous), opureva (purple), tutehau, huehue, painapo, and a carrot-like variety, with distinctive sizes, shapes and tastes. Some varieties are consumed unripe by the Polynesians, soaked in salt and vinegar.
The kernel, the bark, the resin, the leaves and the skin of the fruit are used many ways in traditional medicine. On the other hand, mango flowers can cause respiratory allergies and the sap can bring about irritant dermatitis.
As for its light-coloured wood, it is often used in joinery.