Mango- the mention of this word conjures images of a yellowish-orange fruit whose soft, luscious and sweet flesh has a distinct, pleasant flavour. Mango is billed as the ‘King of Fruits’ and rightly so. This very delicious and highly nutritious fruit draws its name from the Hebrew word ‘Manna’, which means ‘Food from Heaven’.
Indigenous people of India’s southern state Kerala called this fruit ‘Manna’ as a loanword, borrowing the term from Jewish settlers who arrived on its coast during the 11th and 12th centuries AD. European spice traders carried this fruit to distant lands and the word ‘Manna’ evolved into Mangga, Mangguo and Mango.
To celebrate Summer 2017, we glance at the various types of mangoes from the Indian subcontinent that can be bought online and enjoyed at home, regardless of their place of origin.
1: Ratnagiri Alfonso
Called the ‘King of Mango’ across the world, the Ratnagiri Alfonso is renowned for its distinct aroma that pervades a refrigerator or room. The Ratnagiri Alfonso is the most exported fruit of its kind. The Ratnagiri Alfonso’s widespread fame is not merely due to its taste and flavour.
The fruit deliver a potent dose of all components of the Vitamin B group, delivers the right blend of minerals essential for the human body and is rich in various phytochemical that boost immunity. The Ratnagiri Alfonso also contains anti-oxidants required to retard degeneration of human body cells. Available online, the price of a superior quality
Superior quality Ratnagiri Alfonso can be bought at Grofers.
2: Badami Mango:
Some mango aficionados fondly call the Badami as the ‘Queen of Mango.’ The Badami mango is indigenous to coastal regions of Karnataka. It resembles the Ratnagiri Alfonso in several ways but has a distinctly different taste and flavour.
Please note that several mango lovers mistake between the Badami and the Bainganpalli/ Bayanganapally mango varieties. Badami grows only in Karnataka while the other is a cultivar from Andhra Pradesh. The difference for an untrained mango enthusiast would not be apparent. One of the distinct characteristics of the Badami fruit is, it has a almond-like shape.
Badami mangoes can be bought at Reliance Smart
3: Mankurad Mango:
This is a rare and very prized breed of mango from Goa. The demand for Mankurad mangoes from Goa is highlighted by recent news reports which claimed, a single fruit of its kind retailed at Rs.200. Prices have since reduced, thanks to bumper harvest.
Rich in nutrients, the Mankurad mango is very popular among tens of thousands of foreign tourists who flock this coastal state every year. The small geographical size of Goa and even smaller mango orchards make Mankurad a rare but very desirable fruit to relish. This year, native Mankurad mango can be ordered and enjoyed anywhere in India.
Mankurad mangoes can be bought at Aaram Shop
4: Bainganpalli Mango:
Favored by mango lovers from South India, the Bainganpalli mango retains a bitter-sour flavour despite the fruit being just ripe, sweet and ready to eat. Other than being very nutritious, the Bainganpalli mango is acclaimed as a ‘beat-the-heat’ fruit since it is claimed to provide the body with essential nutrients that help the consumer’s body to counter hot and arid summers peculiar to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.
The Bainganpalli can be distinguished from the Badami easily: It has an elongated shape, almost similar to a long almond and is a bit larger.
Bainganpalli mangoes can be bought at BigBasket
5: Chaunsa/ Chausa Mango:
This mango is an apt example of rivalry between India and Pakistan. While the world acclaims the Ratnagiri Alfonso as the King of Mango and sometimes the King of Fruit, the Pakistanis are promoting the Chaunsa or Chausa as the King of Mango.
Undoubtedly the Chaunsa has its own fan following, thanks to its unique taste and richness combined with the sweet, mild flavour- the main bone of contention for the title. However, the Chaunsa is now grown in various parts of India for consumption in the domestic market while its Pakistan produced counterpart is a hot favourite in the international market.
Chaunsa mango can be bought at Indiamart
6: Mulgoba/ Malgova Mango:
Unfortunately, this is one of the most delicious and nutritious mango that has remained obscure over the years due to non-availability outside its homeland- Tamil Nadu. Thanks to e-retailers, the Mulgoba can now be ordered online and delivered almost anywhere in the world.
Since this variety of mango is fairly rare, any online orders should be placed well in advance. The Mulgoba is billed as the ‘Alfonso of South India’. Its unique flavour and colour has led several mango lovers to cultivate it outside Tamil Nadu with varying success: Nothing can beat the indigenously grown variety.
Mango lovers will delight tasting the Mulgoba. Since this variety is rare as mentioned before, online retailers can run out of stocks quickly. Those truly keen on tasting the Mulgoba can order them through various courier firms that offer the ‘Buy and Deliver’ facility.
Mulgoba/ Malgova mangoes can be bought at Zopnow
7: Neelam Mango:
The Neelam mango is native to Kerala. It is widely believed that Jewish settlers in Kerala who tasted Neelam exclaimed that it was ‘Manna’ or food from heaven- which led to the name Mango. Neelam mangoes are very distinct due to their skin colour- A single fruit has hues of red, orange, yellow, green and a slight bluish tinge.
The Neelam is peculiar to the Malabar coast of India. Warm humid weather with a fair degree of salinity and abundant water resources of the Kerala coast ensure that Neelam is sweet, juicy and well flavoured. This mango is mainly exported to the Middle East due to the high concentration of expatriate Indian workers in that region.
Neelam mangoes can be bought at Vegpur
8: Himsagar Mango:
If you believed that mangoes were staple to western and southern India, think again. Himsagar- a little known but very delicious mango from India’s eastern West Bengal and Odisha states is rapidly making its mark across the country and abroad. The Malda district of West Bengal accounts for the best Himsagar mangoes.
The demand for Himsagar mangoes has crossed Indian borders: The fruit is now in great demand in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. Geographical limitations caused by soil quality, water supply and climatic factors restrict the Himsagar mango from being cultivated elsewhere to get quality consistent with those from Malda. Those lucky enough may be able to procure some of this limited edition mango from online retailers.
Himsagar mangoes can be bought at Purwaaii
9: Kesar Mango:
Literally means ‘Saffron Mango’ and is grown primarily in Gujarat. The Kesar Mango grows on the foothills of lofty Girnar mountains with Amreli and Junagadh being its hub of production. Kesar mango is very fibrous and hence, recommended for those with various digestive disorders.
In addition, its sweet pulp with the distinct, rich aroma makes it ideal for mass production of ice creams which boast of the “real fruit” feel. The saffron colour of the pulp makes juice and other products prepared from its pulp very enticing visually. The Kesar mango is famous across India and can be easily bought online from any e-retailer.
Kesar Mangoes can be bought at MangoMaza
10: Dasheri/ Dussheri Mango:
The orchards of Malihabad in India’s northern state Uttar Pradesh are famous for the Dussheri mango. The fame of Malihabad and Dussheri mangoes dates back to 15th Century AD when the fruit was served seasonally at royal banquets hosted by Moghul emperors.
Dussheri is slightly mild on aroma but rich in taste, provided the fruit is eaten immediately upon ripening. Though the Dussheri is fairly popular in major cities of India, getting the original Malihabad variety can prove cumbersome since large quantities are also produced outside that region. Online shopping now ensures that mango lovers can taste the original Malihabad Dussheri.
Dussheri mangoes can be ordered at SaleBhai