We love mangos, and mango wood, it's strong, durable and is highly water-resistant. Cheaper to buy compared to other hardwoods such as oak and teak. It comes from the tree Mangifera indica, or more commonly known as mango.
It’s a species of flowering plant in the same family as sumac and poison ivy, there are hundreds of varieties that have been introduced to other warm regions of the world. Due to there being many varieties of mango, over 100 in fact, the colour of the wood can vary with streaks of pink, black, yellow and golden brown.
It is extremely sustainable which is great for the environment, this is because once the tree stops producing its sweet delicious fruit, instead of just being cut down and thrown away to restart the process it is made into beautiful pieces of furniture, it can be made into all types of furniture because it is so versatile. The trees are grown around Asia, with most of the timber being from India.
What is the most expensive mango?
Surprisingly there are some rare types of mango throughout Japan, these are said to be the most expensive mangos in the world. The fruits are known as 'the egg of the sun'. Part of this could be because they do not harvest the tropical fruit as others do.
Instead of a traditional harvest, they allow the fruits to become fully ripe by placing a net underneath to catch them when they fall from the tree. This allows for the sweetest mango. They are classified as a premium fruit and can fetch 13,000 Yen per mango (£90.15 GBP) with even higher-end fruits costing (£2762 GBP). Despite the high price tag of this delicacy. The Alphonso variety from India is known as the king of mangos because of their sweetness.
Can you grow a mango tree in the UK?
Whilst being very popular it is also susceptible to fungal and insect attack. It’s not too difficult to grow your very own mango tree, my tree has been growing in a pot for just over 1 year and is still quite small, most likely because I am growing it in the UK, and it is not a very warm climate here.
None the less, it makes a beautiful houseplant with fresh green foliage and who knows maybe one day I will be able to pick my own mangos! From seed to fruit it usually takes between 5 and 8 years if it has not been grafted.
Health & safety when working with wood
When working with any wood you should ALWAYS wear protective gloves, and wear a mask, this is because the dust can irritate our lungs, and some dust, especially from hardwoods, are toxic.
Although reactions are unlikely, when working with mango wood it has been known to cause skin irritation. If using tools, you should always stick to the manufacturer's instructions and wear protective eyewear.
Why are mango wood products a different colour?
Mango wood in its natural state can, of course, vary slightly due to other species of the plant. However, one of the main varying reasons for the colour to vary so much is because of the finish.
This is an image of how mango wood looks after the bark has been removed and the wood has been sanded.
After the wood has been sealed with a finish or wood stain, and other polishing processing it then becomes significantly darker. With the contrast adjusted, this is when we can truly appreciate its natural characteristics.
The reason that some are lighter and some are darker purely depends on the wood stain product used. Simple care can be achieved by using natural beeswax polish. This will also help provide some protection from scratches.
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