Mangoes

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A mango(Mangifera indica) is a juicy stone fruit, originating from several species of tropical trees belonging to the flowering plant genus Mangifera, cultivated mostly for their edible fruits. Most of these species are found as wild mangoes in nature. The genus belongs to the cashew family Anacardiaceae.

 Badami – Karnataka Alphonso


 Langra


Season – Mid July to August
It is a mystery to many that this mango is called lame (meaning a disabled person who cannot walk well). The mother tree for this variety still grows in Varanasi, whose owner was unfortunately lame, where the mango got its name. But naming aside, this fibrous mango finds great popularity in West Bengal as well as Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 

 Dussehri

Season - June to July
Affectionately called 'us chusen wala' by children, this tip is best enjoyed by tearing and sucking sweet pulp and juice. You can already soften the mango by pressing it lightly with your fingers. Popular in its homeland, Uttar Pradesh, a typical village scene includes a bucket full of Dussehra mangoes, children sitting around it and indulging in it until the bucket is empty. Possibly one of the oldest mango varieties of the country, Dussehari traces its roots to the Nawab of Lucknow's gardens in the 18th century. Today they come from the Malihabad belt, 30 km from Lucknow. 

Chausa

Season – July to August
Just when you think the mango season is coming to an end, the Chausa market is flooded and the world is happy again. Popular in North India and Bihar, these mangoes have incredibly sweet pulp and shiny pale skin. The best come from Pakistan and are exported worldwide. 

Totapuri

Season – June to July 
These mangoes are the easiest to identify due to the beak-like shape of the parrot. Totapuri comes from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The meat is not sweet like other common varieties, but is great for salads or for salt and chilli tempering. It is used as an ingredient for many mass-produced common products in India. 

Safeda/ Banganapalli 

It is one of the earliest varieties of mango to hit the market. Originally from Andhra Pradesh, Safeda has received widespread acceptance across the country. The skin has a beautiful bright yellow color and the taste is slightly sour. These mangoes are quite fibrous.

Pairi

Season – May - June
Along with Safeda, Parry is also an early entry into the markets. Reddening of the skin is a torsion and when I went to buy something, the fruit seller said to me "Go, buy them for a lot". They are not common, they are pure honey ”. Although not sickly sweet, the pair has a delicious sour bite that is hidden somewhere in that deliciousness. If saffron is not available, parry is used to make amber in Gujarat. Maintaining quality is not great, so buy them quickly.

Neelam

Season – May to July 
With its distinct sweet fragrance, the sapphire is available throughout the season, but comes with the most delicious monsoons by June. These mangoes are a favorite in Hyderabad, although they are produced throughout the country. They are smaller than other varieties and have orange skin.

Alphonso/ Hapus

Season – May to June
There is a good chance you have heard of the small spherical Alphonso mangoes, and is probably also considered to be the ‘king of mangoes’, which is marketed. Native to Maharashtra, it is also grown in Gujarat and parts of Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. It is probably the most expensive variety of Indian mangoes and is exported in plenty. Whether this is the tastiest of them all is something the jury is still out on.

Himsagar

Season – May
   It was probably the shortest season among all. Bengalis know their sweets, so when they swear by the Himsagar mango, it is wise to sit down and take notice. Fiber-less and fleshy, these yellow mangoes are also great in milkshakes. This season lasts for four weeks so one should not wait too long.

Honey (Ataulfo)

Honey mangoes are available from March to July. The main sources are Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador. When fully ripe, the fruit turns dark yellow with small wrinkles and attains a flattened rectangular shape. 

Francis

You can have this luscious mango from May to June. The primary sources are Haiti and Ecuador. The fruit grows with green overtones that turn yellow and turn more golden when the mango ripens. 

Haden

Haden is mainly cultivated in Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador. These bright red mangoes have green-yellow shaded skin with small white dots and oval to round shape.

Keitt

Mexico, Ecuador, the United States, and Brazil are the primary sources of insect mangoes. You can taste the fruit from March to April, August, and September. They are famous in Asian cuisine, where they take pleasure in pickles. 

Carabao

Carabao mango is from the Philippines. It is also known as Manila mango, champagne or Philippine mango. It is the national fruit of the Philippines, and the country ranks sixth in its production after India, China, Pakistan, Brazil and Mexico. 

Sein Ta Lone

Also known as a Heera Tyagi mango, it is one of the popular varieties of Myanmar. This variety is available for two months and ends in June.

Imam Pasand 

Benishan Mango – Banganapalli, Andhra Pradesh

Raspuri – Karnataka


Mulgoba – Tamil Nadu

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