A national fixation grips India from the onset of Summers- The Season of Mangoes. Mango is not a mere fruit in India, but, found in religion, art, poetry, and literature, it is an integral element of the country’s culture.
The obsession of Mangoes in India, rivals Bollywood and cricket in terms of the country’s inclination. Indian mangoes are among the best in the world, and are a popular symbol of national pride and identity. They are exceptionally sweet, rich, and smooth. Mango season becomes a national sensation–both socially and commercially–because the luscious fruit is only accessible for a few months each year
The subject of the mango has sparked some of India’s most heated culinary battles. Everyone has a favourite variety for numerous reasons, like the place of origin, skin colour, flavour and texture of the fruit, and whether it is available early in the season or is a late bloomer. Regardless of personal preference, practically everyone in India will agree that the luscious, sweet mango is one of the few things that makes the hot Indian summer bearable.
The likability of this King of fruits can also be traced to its unusual way of consumption, which in the perspective of many, is a form of art. We all shall agree that the real, incomparable joy of devouring the fruit with all our senses indulged in the sweetness, softness and the sparkle of it, is an experience one yearns for and reminisces way before it’s scent can be sensed in the air.
The wild mango is thought to have originated in the foothills of the Himalayas in India and Myanmar. The first known cultivation of the fruit was around 5,000 years ago in Southern India, Myanmar, and the Andaman Islands
Did you know, with over 1,000 types, India is the world’s greatest mango producer, accounting for more than 40% of the world’s mangoes?
Here’s a comprehensive list of the Top 10 Most Popular Types Of Mangoes in India, to appease your curiosity!
Alphonsos Hapoos – Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
Ratnagiri and its coastal parts are well-known throughout India.
Ratnagiri, along with its surrounding districts, is one of the finest and most unique mango-lovers’ hotspots, known for its Alphonso mangoes. Ratnagiri is about 330 kilometres from Mumbai and is easily accessible by both road and train. Alphonso, which is available from mid-July to mid-August, is known for its bright yellow look, delicious taste, and perfume. This sumptuous king of mango, named after Alfonso de Albuquerque, is a summertime addiction for mango fans.
Kesar Mangoes – Gir Junagadh, Gujarat
The Girnar hills of Junagadh are well-known as a lion’s den, followed by the sweet Kesar mangoes of Talala. In India, this mango type is referred to as the “queen of mangoes.” Junagadh is about 320 kilometres from Ahmedabad. The kesar mango gets its name from its saffron (kesari) appearance and delicious flavour. They are a popular kind for unique Gujarati and other meals and are available from May to July.
Dashehari Mangoes – Lucknow and Malihabad, Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, the Nawabi capital, is known for both royal and Nawabi Dashehari mangoes. North Indian Lucknow, as well as all of its surrounding towns, is known for its mango. Mahilabad, around 30 kilometres from Lucknow, is the main producer of these mangoes. These mangoes are typically available from mid-May to late-August, and they’re recognised for their green skins and savory flavor.
Himsagar mangoes – Murshidabad, West Bengal
Murshidabad, one of West Bengal’s most well-known and beloved Nawabi cities, is known for its delectable and juicy mangoes. This city, located 230 kilometres from Kolkata, has adequate road and rail access. Kishan Bhog is the most popular mango hotspot in Bengal, out of the popular mango varieties Nawab pasand and Begum pasand. Between May and Early June, Himsagar mangoes can be found.
Chausa Mangoes – Uttar Pradesh
This is a type of mango that grows in Uttar Pradesh, usually in the Harodi region. Mangoes are healthy, but Chaunsa is more popular for its nutritional value and juicy pulp, making it ideal for year-round use in home dishes. Chaunsa is most common in June and is accessible through August.
It comes in three varieties: Honey Chaunsa, Honey Chaunsa, and Honey