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Waikiki's Moana Surfrider prepares to fete the fruit at a daylong fest

Let's get ready to mango!

Cups of ripe mango are served at a previous mango celebration at Waikiki's Moana Surfrider. This year's event is July 16. (Starwood Hotels & Resorts)

Manic for mangoes? 

You can relish all things mango, from fresh fruit to cocktails to appetizers, as a historic Honolulu hotel pays homage next month to a popular summer fruit in the islands.

Mangoes at the Moana
will bring a daylong celebration on July 16 to Waikiki’s Moana Surfrider resort. 

Most of the activities at the event, now in its eighth year, are free.

The day’s highlight just may be the Mango Throw Down, during which local chefs show off their skills preparing dishes featuring the fruit. 

Participants include Michelle Karr-Ueoka of MW Restaurant, Ed Kenney and Maggie King of Town and Leanne Wong of Koko Head Cafe.

Admission is free to view the cooking competition between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., but guests who want to sample the various creations can do so using tickets that cost $6 a plate. 

You can pre-purchase 10 tickets for the price of eight ($48) through July 15.

Nanako Perez-Nava, a pastry chef at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki, prepares a mango dessert for the 2015 "Mangoes at the Moana." The popular festival will return to the resort on July 16. (Starwood Hotels & Resorts)

Cooking demonstrations will also be at noon and 1:30 p.m.

Adults in need of something with which to wash down their food can enjoy mango-themed libations during the Mango Cocktail Mixdown from noon to 2 p.m. Mixologists will be preparing drinks using bourbon, rum, and tequila.

The day’s first event will have a state fair feel. The Best Mango Contest at 9 a.m. will host backyard mango growers whose fruit will be judged for best aroma, flavor, flesh, and skin.

Guests who want to test their own judging skills can taste and purchase ripe fruit during a market from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mango farmers will share information about their work and their produce.

Individual mangoes can weight as much as 3 pounds, according to the University of Hawaii Extension
. The trees, which can grow as tall as 90 feet, bear fruit between June and September.

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However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.

Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

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