Okay, so let’s start with a game today! We give you a word and you say *the fruit name* that comes to your mind, and we try to guess that. You need to be really quick. Alright!
Here we go
We know you’re thinking of the fruit orange!
Score: 1 - ❤️
Score: 2 - ❤️
Okay, last one. Yellow!
We know “Mango” is on your mind! It’s on our minds too.
Score: 3 - ❤️
Guys, summer is coming! And summers have always meant the MANGOOOOO SEASON! Coming back from school, and gorging on those cool, yellow, juicy, sweet sunshine of happiness!!!!! Or that spicy-tangy flavour of kacchi kairi and red chilly powder!!! Oh, the nostalgia, that happiness, that bliss of devouring the king of fruits!!! We legit can’t contain our excitement (evident from our overuse of ‘!!!’) and are drooooooling!
While ‘Alphonso/Hapus mangoes’ reign the mango kingdom, did you know there are about 1,500 varieties of mangoes grown in India alone, including 1,000 commercial varieties? Here’s presenting 9 wonder varieties of ‘the favourite fruit’:
A popular choice in North India, Dasheri was introduced by the Nawabs of Lucknow about 2000 years ago. Mangoes have a history of their own too!
Favoured by many in the north and east India, the Banarasi Langra is said to be first cultivated by a man who was lame - thus, the name! And then they say: “what’s in a name?”...
The most popular choice for the delicious aamras, Kesar is a staple of Gujarat, found in the Girnar mountains. It is one of the expensive varieties (like kesar - the spice).
Popular in the western part of India, Pairi is often “paired” with Alphonso in the aamras to balance its sweetness. Or you can slurp the juicy variety as is too.
This one’s an oldie too! Sher Shah Suri introduced this variety in the 16th century during his reign and named it after a district in Bihar. How cool and convenient!
A less-sweeter variety, it is shaped uniquely like a parrot’s beak. And it is known by mannnnny names: Gilli, Kallamai, Sandersa, Bangalore, Mukku, the list goes on… And this variety has kids too, who live in the US. It was exported to Florida in 1901 and is the parent of Anderson and Brooks variety of mango.
It is cultivated in the Banaganapalle of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh. The flesh is light yellow inching towards white, hence the name. You can identify the mango variety from their names itself!
Introducing the ‘Queen of Mangoes’! Yes, there is a queen too, though we don’t know when the marriage happened! It is cultivated in Sindh region (now in Pakistan) - hence, the name!.
And... how can our list ever be complete without including the ‘King of Mangoes’. Everyone loves it, and it loves everyone. Period.
WAIT!!! We are not finished yet. We know it’s February and we don’t have fresh mangoes yet. And we have got you drooling.......
But, guess what? You don’t have to wait for the summers to relish the Mango delight. We have got you covered… Here’s presenting your very own All-season AAM -
--Written by Simran Doshi
In a culture and tradition that is as wide as India, every state has its very own delicious creations. The various traditional foods of Indian States put together present an abundance of flavor, spices, texture, and a heavenly potential to satisfy the food lover in you!
Check out these 28 traditional foods from Indian states and be proud of our gastronomic universe:
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