It’s mango season here in Bangalore. Everyone eats lots and lots of mangoes. There is discusssion about the best mangoes this year, where to buy them and prices.
The best mangoes
Alphonso mangoes are generally regarded as the best mangoes (oh yes, there are many different types) as well as ‘chemical free’ mangoes (those not injected to ripen early). Organic mangoes are highly sought after. Our neighbour coordinated a delivery for the complex from an organic mango farm just outside Bangalore at ₽70 a kilo. They made a killing as everyone put in large orders to cover not only themselves but helpers, gardeners and driver’s too. Everyone is an aficionado.
At is time of year farmers appear on the same street outside a swimming complex in Bangalore. (It’s summer holiday time here and parents frequent these places more as they desperately try to entertain hot energetic children.) It is stall after stall after stall of nothing but mangoes. It really is potluck as to which one is the best. Stopping at one roadside seller we asked if his mangoes had been forcibly ripened (injected with chemicals to get them to ripen early). On assuring us he had not we taste tested before we bought. They were delicious. Not organic but delicious none the less. Of course, they were Alphonso mangoes.
It’s quite an art slicing a mango, which has a huge centre stone, for eating in a moderate, polite way. Helpers here have it down to an art and can do so quickly. I make a right hash of it. I do however like to just bite into the (washed!) mango and let the sweet sticky juices run down my chin and fingers as I enjoy the tasty yellow flesh inside.
Types of mangoes
Mangoes of India are well famous in the world for its sweetness, richness and flavor. India is the largest producer of mangoes and it is the most important fruit of the country. Most popular types of mangoes in India are Alphonsos, Badami, Chausa and Dasheri. There are around 283 types of mangoes found in India, out of which only 30 are well-known. Here is a list of a few types of mangoes cultivated in India.
Alphonso from Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
The Alphonso Mango is one of the best Variety Mango found in India in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. Maharashtra, Ratnagiri, Raigad, and Konkan are the only place in western part of India where the Alphonso Mango are cultivated and also one of the most expensive kinds of mango in India.
Badami – Karnataka Alphonso
Badami mangoes are also called as Alphonso of Karnataka state, where we live. There is a certain pride about this mango and it is usually the one bought if Alphonso mangoes are unavailable. The texture and taste are quite similar to the Alphonso Mango from the region of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.
Chaunsa – North India
Chaunsa is one the sweetest mangoes grown in North India, It has medium oblong and has a golden yellow colour with a red blush. It mainly produced in Mirpur Khas Sindh in Punjab of Pakistan.
Dasheri – Malihabad, Uttar Pradesh
Dasheri is delicious variety of mango basically grown in North parts of India. It is one of the very famous variety of mango in north India. Malihabad in Uttar Pradesh of North India is the largest producer of Dasheri mango and the most popular variety of Dasheri.
Kesar – Saurashtra, Gujarat
Kesar Mangoes are also simply called Gir Kesar because they are cultivated and grown in the foothills of Girnar in the districts of Junagadh and Amreli.
Langra – Northern India
Langra is the prominent variety of mango and one of the most superior varieties of Mango from the Northern Indian sub-continent. Langra mangoes are originally from near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Mulgoba, Tamil Nadu
Mulgoba is one of the best mango cultivated and grown in Tamil Nadu state and other parts of South Indi. Mulgoba is also known as the “Alphonso of South India”.
Neelam mango grows in many areas of India, usually found in abundance in June. These mangoes are a favourite in Hyderabad.
Raspuri are an oval shaped mango with excellent flavour and juicy in texture and considered as the Queen of Mangoes in India. Also known as Peddarasalu but known as Rasapuri in Karnataka.
Himsagar- West Bengal and Orissa
Himsagar Mangoes are the specialty of West Bengal and Orissa. Himsagar area considered to be one of the top five mangoes in India.
Totapuri -South India
Totapuri Mango is the famous mango found primarily in south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Totapuri is one of the main types cultivated and grown in India.
Banganapalli -Banganapalle, Andhra Pradesh
Began Phali also known as Banganapalli is one of the most common cultivated mango in the town of Banganapalle in Andhra Pradesh. These mangoes are large and are known as known as The King of Mangoes in South India.
Shopping for mangoes
Not all shops carry all the varieties of mangoes, aside from the mango market I have already mentioned. Certain shops carry certain types. BigBasket, the online shopping app, carries six different types of mango being Alphonso, Badami, Raspuri, Totapuri, Banganapalli and Mallika
Whatever your choice of Mango, enjoy Mango season.