Summers are here and so are the infinite perks of this season! Summers not only bring in much more liveliness and zest into our lives but also open up a wide variety of opportunities for us. For some it gives them the freedom to wear their favorite clothes, while for others it’s that time of the year when they can cheerfully enjoy their pool parties. But for me it defines the time when I can welcome the king of fruits – mango!
Words fall short when I try to describe my ineffable love for this fruit. Mango is probably the most variegated fruit of India. There are almost 500-1000 cultivars of different mangoes in the country. This huge variety not only differs in its shape, size and colour but also in its scrumptious taste. Though it is not possible to describe all the varieties, today I will talk about the most famous types of Mangoes in India.
Famous mango varieties in India
Also known as Hapoo, this is the most expensive variety of mangoes in India. Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka are its prime producers. It has a fibreless pulp and douses into the mouth as a smooth-creamy mango. This variety of mango is popular all over the world.
The name was given by the Muslim Suri Emperor Sher Shah Suri. It is sweet, juicy and very nutritious. The heavenly sweet taste of this mango will make you lick up every drop of its nectar. It is mostly grown in the northern parts of India.
Season: July end-August
It is the oldest variety of Mangoes in India, since its origin can be traced back to almost 200 years ago. The sweet syrup of this mango makes you have at least 2-3 mangoes at a time. Uttar Pradesh is the largest producer of this variety of mangoes.
The mother tree of this variety exists in Varanasi. Since the owner of that tree was unfortunately lame, the mango was thus named as “Langra”. This variety is distinctively fibrous, with a unique taste as well. It is majorly grown in Haryana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Season: Mid-July to August
5. Safeda or Banganapalli
These mangoes have a very beautiful yellow color and are sweet and fibreless. It is the most popular variety of mangoes which comes straight from Andhra Pradesh.
Season: April to June
This variety of mangoes is precisely consumed raw or used for making Aamrus. It comes from the Ahmedabad region of Gujarat and thus is also known as the Gujarat Kesari. It has a very intense aroma that spreads out in the entire house.
Season: June-Early July
This is one variety that grows throughout the country. With its specialty in Hyderabad, it is a large-yielding variety of mangoes. Though it arrives early in the season, the best variety is available only in June.
Its reddish color at the top has entitled this variety with the name of Sindoora. Extremely juicy and pulpy, this mango is one of the tastiest mangoes one can ever have.
Season: Mid-May to Mid-June