What Is Mango Wood?
Mango wood derives from the mango tree, which funnily enough produces mangoes! Did you know that the world consumes more fresh mangoes in a single day than any other fruit? This means there is an abundance of mango trees where the mango wood comes from.
The mango tree is part of the Anachidriaceae family, which includes poison ivy, pistachio trees, Jamaican plum and the cashew tree. The Mango tree can grow 35 – 40m (115–130 ft) high but the average tree will only grow 15 and 18 metres (50ft and 60ft). They are a long living tree with some specimens having been known to still bear fruit after 300 years, however, this is in rare cases.
Where Is Mango Wood From?
As mentioned before mango wood is from the mango tree. The mango tree originates in East India, Burma and the Andaman Islands that border Bay of Bengal. India is the worlds largest producer of mangoes; however, the nation only accounts for 1% of the trade as the majority of the nations mangoes are eaten by Indians!
Mango trees have a rich history and are used in many traditions. It is said in legends that the Lord Buddha had created a huge mango tree at Shravasti, an ancient city in India, from the seed. It is also believed that Buddhist monks introduced the fruit to Malayasia and eastern Asia around the 5th century B.C. In contemporary Buddhist culture, the tree actually represents good fortune and happiness.
The mango tree plays a very important role, especially in Hinduism. It is believed to grant wishes and the leaves from a mango tree are popularly hung in the entrance of a house during the holidays of Diwali and Pongal as well as other festivals to bring blessing to the home. Some Hindus even use the branches of the tree to brush their teeth during holy days.
Is Mango Wood Sustainable?
Yes! Mango wood is super sustainable.
Mango wood can only bear so much fruit, usually reaching maturity within 15 years. Once it reaches maturity the growth of fruit slows down or stops altogether.
Farmers will begin to plant new trees 7-15 year prior to the older trees reaching full maturity, meaning that there is always a constant supply and cycle of mango trees.
The old mango tree is then used as a byproduct for the furniture and homeware industry. Making it one of the most sustainable woods to own.
What Colour Is Mango Wood?
Mango wood has a lovely natural colour and texture. Natural mango wood is a light brown however it can come with ribbons of other beautiful colours such as gold and pink, and fine lines of black.
Mango wood can be stained very easily and produces wonderfully rich brown colours. This kind of wood also creates wonderful grain patterns similar to those of oak and mahogany making it very sought after as its cheaper to attain than the latter.
What Is Mango Wood Used For?
Mango wood is largely used for furniture because of how easy it is to mould and work with. It is incredibly strong which allows the wood to last for years. Mango wood is incredibly popular for furniture as well as many other household items. It is not uncommon to come across this wood when searching for items for your home including bowls and chopping boards such as the ones we sell.
Is Mango Wood Hard Or Soft?
Mango wood is considered a hardwood which is shocking due to how malleable it is.
In general, hardwood usually comes from a deciduous tree which loses its leaves annually and softwood comes from a conifer, which usually remains evergreen. However, the mango tree is an exception as it is an evergreen tree. Hardwood trees take a longer time to reach maturity over softwood. Mango trees take 4 years to deliver their first set of fruit!
Mango trees are considered a hardwood due to how dense their wood grain is, but they are still relatively soft which allows for them to be moulded making them a popular choice for furniture or woodwork in general.
How Do We Use Mango Wood?
All of our mango wood products come directly from India where they have been crafted by wonderful artisans. Our range of mango wood products varys greatly due to how beautiful and popular it is! We do more than just chopping boards and are always looking to expand our catalog with more wonderful mango wood products. One of our popular mango wood products is the Pommel Horse Style Buffalo Leather Stool! This stool makes a fantastic addition to any room!
We also do a range of trinket boxes, drawers, ornaments and even wood stamps! We love the rustic feel of the wood. It gives a wonderful cosy vibe to any room and looks wonderfully crafted even when painted over. Our ceramic drawer sets, for example, combine colourful handpainted ceramic drawers with the beautifully dark and elegant mango wood to create something that is both subtle and eye-catching.
Mango wood is really a fascinating wood. Who knew it had so much of a story behind it! We choose to use mango wood in all our wood products because of how highly sustainable it is. As a Fair Trade company, we think its incredibly important to respect our environment which is why mango wood being a byproduct is a fantastic choice for us. It also is just a beautiful looking wood and makes wonderful products so why wouldn’t we want to use it! If you’d love to know a few more fun facts please feel free to watch our video above! Let us know what you think of this magnificent wood!
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