The national fruit of India, the Philippines and Pakistan, Mango is native to Southeast Asia and is known as ‘the apple of the tropics’. The fruit and leaves are used to decorate the arches and doorways in Indian houses at celebrations such as weddings. When eaten raw, the succulent rich flesh of a mango has a fragrant sweetness. There are many different varieties of mango, of which thick-skinned varieties are best for making South American style salsas, pickles and chutneys. Mango is also used in Asian curries, fish dishes, salads and European-style puddings such as pavlova, tarts, ice cream and sorbet, as well as smoothies and juices.