The great green pepper ‘mango’ mystery - The Packer

The great green pepper ‘mango’ mystery

02/07/2014 10:07:00 AM
Amelia Freidline

“When mangoes were first imported to the American colonies in the 17th century, they had to be pickled due to lack of refrigeration. Other fruits were also pickled and came to be called ‘mangoes’, especially bell peppers, and by the 18th century, the word ‘mango’ became a verb meaning “to pickle.’”

Cased closed.

Now excuse me while I go eat the cucumbers I mangoed last summer.

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February, 07, 2014 at 01:12 PM

Thanks for solving the mystery!

Denise Donohue    
DeWitt, Michigan  |  February, 19, 2014 at 05:50 AM

Great sleuthing, and very interesting!

Southern Illinois  |  September, 02, 2014 at 01:25 AM

We always called them Mango's too in Southern Illinois.

South Florida  |  October, 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM

First pizza I bought based on the word "mango" came as a surprise to me. I love g.b.peppers, so I didn't argue ... but I never knew the history until now. Thanks!

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