BUY ONLINE: 13 types of mangoes you should try this summer

Saloni Dhruv
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Mango heap in wood basket carrying by a orchard farmer with green leaf background, top view
Mango heap in wood basket carrying by a orchard farmer with green leaf background, top view

Summer time in India equals to loads of ripe, scrumptious, irresistible mangoes. Mangoes of India are famous all over the world for its sweetness, richness and flavour. However, the most fulfilling way to enjoy a mango, is just to dive right into it. Peel it and bite in, with the juices running down the side of your mouth.

India is actually the largest producer of mangoes and the national fruit of the country. Hence, our vast country offers a great variety of mangoes for you to choose from. How many of these have you eaten and which one is your favourite type of mango? Do let us know in the comments below.

Types of mangoes:

Safeda/ Banganapalli
Season: April to June
This is one of the earliest varieties of mangoes to hit the market. Originally from Andhra Pradesh, Safeda has found widespread acceptance across the country. Taste-wise it is slightly sour.

Pairi
Season: May – June
Pairi also is an early entrant in the markets. The skin’s reddish tinge is a dead giveaway. Though not sickly sweet, pairi has a noticeable sour bite hidden somewhere in that deliciousness.

Neelam
Season: May to July
Neelam mangoes are available throughout the season but the tastiest ones come in only by June. These mangoes are a favourite in Hyderabad and are tiny in comparison to other varieties.

Alphonso/Hapus
Season: May to June
Hapus can be considered as the ‘king of mangoes’. This is perhaps the most expensive variety of Indian mangoes and is exported in plenty.

Himsagar
Season: May
Fiber-less and fleshy, these yellow mangoes are great in milkshakes too. The season lasts all of four weeks so don’t wait too long to get them.

Dusehri
Season: June to July
Also knowns as called “chusne wala aam”, this mango is best enjoyed by tearing off the tip and sucking out the sweet pulp and juice. You can soften the mango by pressing it lightly with your fingertips beforehand. One of the oldest mango variety in the country, Dussehri traces its roots back to the Nawab of Lucknow’s gardens in the 18th century.

Totapuri
Season: June to July
These mangoes are easiest to identify, due to the shape with the tip looking like a parrot’s beak. The flesh is not sweet like the other mangoes but is great for salads or with a tempering of salt and chilies.

Kesar
Season: June to early July
Kesar mango’s smell is its most distinguishing feature, the colour of the pulp resembling saffron, the spice it is named after. The skin is greener than most other mangoes. Grown in and around Ahmedabad, Gujarat, these are used primarily to make ‘aamras’ in Gujarat.

Chausa
Season: July to August
Popular in North India and Bihar, these mangoes have incredibly sweet pulp and bright yellow skin. The best ones come from Pakistan and are exported across the world.

Langra
Season: Mid July to August
It is a mystery as to why this mango is called langra, which literally means a disabled person who can’t walk efficiently. This fibrous mango finds great popularity in West Bengal as well as Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Badami
Season: May
Badami mangoes are also called as Alphonso of Karnataka state, texture and taste are quite similar to Alphonso Mango from the region of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.

Mulgoba
Season: May to July
Mulgoba is one of the best mango cultivar grown in Tamil Nadu state and other parts of South India, Mulgoba is known as the ‘Alphonso of South India’.

Raspuri
Season: May to June
Raspuri mangoes are oval in shape with excellent flavour and juicy in texture. They are also considered as the ‘Queen of Mangoes’.

It’s the end of May, and due to the lockdown, if you have not been able to savour the glorious mango for any reason, there are some great online sites that deliver these yummy fruits straight to your doorstep.

- For all kinds of Alphonso, Kesar and Hapus mango from Maharashtra farms.

- For all kinds of mangoes from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and other south Indian regions, the government of Karnataka has a bespoke destination to order mangoes directly from the farms.

- For the famous Ratnagiri Alphonso mangoes directly from the farms.

BUY now before the season ends.

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