You must be a Super Mango Lover as you have come here to read this blog of Best Places For Mangoes In India. As we all know Summer is rising the temperature extremely hot day by day. We often feel extremely thirsty and the heat kills our appetite. But with this season full of heat, we all know that there’s a King of Fruit is on the way to our house and that is Mango! A most awaited, lip-smacking fruit of India and its exquisite varieties are ready now to fulfill your temptations for this fruit.
Mango-lovers have a full range of different types and flavours of mangoes all over the country. You have many options to choose from for the taste of the Mangoes whether it is making juices, pickles, curries or shakes. From March to June, all kinds of mangoes are packed and exported to almost all parts of the country. This blog will take you through a travel trail of varieties of Mango and what are the places or certain regions that are known for a specific type of Mango?
1. Alphonso – Devgad, Ratnagiri and Konkan Region
Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri, Devgad and its surrounding Konkan region are blessed with this most demanding variety of Mangoes that is ‘Alphonso’. Known for its amazing sweet flavour and is one of the largest selling varieties of mangoes in India. Due to which it is called as ‘King of Mangoes’. True mango lover’s first preference is always been an Alphonso also known as Hapoos or Hapus Mango. Alphonso is also one of the most expensive as well as finest varieties of mangoes which can be identified just from its unique aroma.
Devgad and Ratnagiri are popular coastal line villages in the Sindhudurg district of the state of Maharashtra. Located on the Arabian Sea in the coastal Konkan region. Most of the Maharashtrians travel to these Konkan region areas during summer vacations especially to enjoy Alphonso Mangoes. These Mangoes are mostly tasted in Slices, Aamras, or even by sucking the pulp.
Being a coastal place, this place is always flooded with tourists and here you must try rice and seafood. Also, you will find here mangoes in different options such as sweets, smoothies, candies and mango drinks. The most famous Mango dish of Maharashtra’s is Aamras Puri, a pure soul-touching dish of every mango lover.
You can reach Ratnagiri and Devgad by road by covering approximately 350-400 km from Mumbai. Also, Konkan Railways are always available from Mumbai and different states of India. The best time to travel here is during Mango Season in Summers.
2. Dasheri – Uttar Pradesh, North India
‘Dasheri Mangoes’ are long and oval-shaped mainly found in a grove near Malihabad in Uttar Pradesh. These mangoes are known as the ‘Mother’ mango to many varieties found in the northern region of India. Dasheri is a sweet, fragrant and juicy variety of mangoes that is mostly grown in different parts of North India and countries like Nepal and Pakistan. These mangoes are also popular with the name of Malihabadi mango as Malihabad in Uttar Pradesh is the largest producer of this type of mangoes.
These mangoes are mostly identified by their long oval shape with a light green or yellow-green skin when they mature and become golden yellow when ripe. The skin of Dasheri mangoes is fiberless and peach in color with a medium-sized stone. Mangoes naturally contain enzymes that are beneficial for digestion, Dasheri mango variety is especially high in vitamin C and fiber.
Dasheri mango first appeared in the 18th century in the gardens of the Nawab of Lucknow and its cultivation is originated in a village near Kakori in Lucknow district. This variety of mango is 300 years old and grows near the village of Dasheri, where the mango received its name.
3. Kesar – Junagadh, Gujrat
One of the most famous varieties of mango found in the foothills of Girnar in Gujarat is none other than ‘the Queen of Mangoes, Kesar’. Another name for this mango is ‘Gir Kesar’ which is a mango cultivar usually exported to the market in April to May months and should be harvested at the green mature stage. After Alphonso, Kesar Mangoes are one of the most expensive and most demanded varieties of mango.
Kesar Mangoes cultivation begins in Junagadh around October after the monsoon season which is perfectly suitable for its growth. In an approximate area of 20,000 hectares, these mangoes grow in the districts of Junagadh and Amreli. This area comes in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Due to growth around the Gir sanctuary area, this variety is officially known as ‘Gir Kesar Mango’. The estimated annual production is approximate two lakh tonnes.
The mango is identified by its bright orange-colored pulp and its sweet divine taste, juicy pulp as well as it has saffron fragrance. Aamras is a common delicacy during summer and Gujrat serves Gujrati Aamras of Kesar Mangoes in summer festivals.
The biggest market of Gir Kesar is in Talala Gir (45 km from Gir national park) known as a Mango Market Yard.
4. Badami – Bagalkot, North Karnataka
North Karnataka is one of the best places for Mangoes in India where you will find a delicious variety of ‘Badami Mangoes’. This variety is mostly referred to as the own Alphonso of the state or Alphonso of Karnataka. This is because the taste and texture of this mango variety are almost similar to Alphonso’s. Badami name for this variety of mango has come from the Badami city of Karnataka.
The best season to find Badami Mango is from April to June. It is slightly earlier than the sort-after Alphonso Mango due to its more southern production but is attractive as a fresh variety. Plan your travel to Karnataka around these pre-monsoon months to enjoy this mouth-watering experience.
The uniqueness of these mangoes is a pale yellow, thin skin through which it is easy to detect the softness of the flesh. The flesh is an attractive yellow/orange color, which is totally fibreless. The stone is of medium thickness. When you feel the softening of the flesh, the fruit is ready to eat. The result is a deliciously sweet, succulent, juicy experience, with a wonderful flavour so evident in many of India’s mango varieties.
5. Langra – Varanasi, Bihar
The ‘Religious Capital of India’ which is Varanasi is blessed with tropical aromas and distinct flavours of ‘Langra Mango’. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, this Langra Mango also known as Banarasi Langra cultivar primarily grown in Varanasi or Banaras. The meaning of the word langra is lame as it was first grown in the plantation of trees owned by a lame man in Benaras City which is now known as Varanasi.
These mangoes are identified by its oval in shape, lemon-yellow in colour and it usually retains a greenish tinge while ripening, even after its fully ripe. The harvesting period of this variety starts from the last half of July. Around 2006, it was known to be gaining popularity on the international market. These are mostly considered suitable for slicing and canning.
In some parts of northern India and in Bihar ‘Langra’ mango is also known as ‘Danka’ Mango. It is also grown in other parts of Uttar Pradesh as well as Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and even Punjab. Langra mangoes are available in the monsoon months of June and July in Varanasi. This variety is also known as ‘Malda’ in this town.
6. Totapuri – Karnataka, South India
One of the most famous varieties of Mangoes in south India is ‘Totapuri Mango’. This is a unique variety of mango that is huge in size and the shape of mango looks like a parrot, thus the name Tota(Parrot) Puri. Although the taste of these mangoes is a little sweet as compared to other varieties. They have more tangy flavours and due to which most commonly used in several pickles and salads. Also in daily food, Karnataka people make use of Totapuri’s pulp or juice wherever tangy taste is required. That gives the perfect texture to the cultural food of South India.
It can be recognized quite easily due to its greenish shade, the flesh is pale yellow and hooked tip resembling a parrot’s beak. Also, it has a pointed end and thick skin. It is majorly produced in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in South India. From there, it is exported to the most demanding cities of these mangoes such as Gujarat and Maharashtra.
In Bengaluru it is referred to as Ginimoothi Maavina Kayi while most of the rest of India calls it Totapuri or Bangalora. The tree of Totapuri Mango is medium in size with greenish-yellow fruits.
7. Safeda – Banganapalle
One of the earliest varieties of mangoes to hit the market of Andhra Pradesh is none other than ‘Safeda Mango’. Safeda mangoes also known as Banganapalle or Banganapalli are the origins of this state as these mangoes are grown in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Safeda mangoes are mostly found in yellow color with white tinge due to which the name Safeda(white).
Being one of the magnificent mango places of the South, Andhra Pradesh presents itself as one of the best places to get yummy Safeda mangoes during the summer to monsoon season. Mainly available from last week of March to July because of the climate.
Safeda mangoes are huge in size and weigh around 350 gm per piece. These oval-shaped mangoes have a strong but pleasant aroma. The skin has a lovely bright yellow hue and the taste is predominantly sweet and slightly sour. These mangoes are fibreless and due to sweetness mostly used in making mango shakes.
8. Neelam – Andhra Pradesh, South India
‘Neelam Mango’ variety is cultivated in almost every part of India. However, the major variety and growth of these mangoes are in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Neelam is a South Indian dessert mango having weight of 9 to 12 oz. Although Neelam arrives very early in the mango season from the second week of June these mangoes come with the best taste.
This juicy, ripe mango fruit has a rich, tropical aroma and flavor that will soothe someone’s heart. Neelam is also majorly cultivated in Hyderabad. They are quite tiny in size, oblong-shaped with a pointed base and have greenish orange skin.
Neelum is mainly eaten out-of-hand, or used as slices or cubes in Milkshakes, as the firm flesh holds its shape. Due to having a late-ripening season, these can be stored for an extended time, which offers advantages in marketing. Neelam is a dwarf tree perfect for the home gardener which makes a great container plant for up North.
9. Pairi – Konkan Region
‘Pairi Mangoes’ are largely fibreless fruit, have soft pulp and a small seed. This variety of mango arrives in the market early compared to other varieties, starting from April and lasts till June or July. Pairi mangoes are also called by another name ‘Raspuri’. If one hears the word Pairi Mango, it means they refer to Raspuri.
Pairi Mangoes are grown in Konkan Region and these are extremely aromatic and soft textured juicy mangoes with mind-blowing sweetness. The essential vitamins and minerals of these mangoes can boost your mood and immune. They have a reddish tinge and are slightly sour. Pairi mangoes can also be eaten by sucking out the pulp which actually gives the enjoyment to taste the mango.
Due to fibrous and juicy in nature, these are mostly used for Aamras or Mango juices in the Konkani Region and the western states of India. If you don’t have Kesar or Hapus, you can go for this one for Aamras. The major cultivation of Pairi Mangoes is in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.
10. Chaunsa – Kurukshetra, Hardoi, Himachal Pradesh
‘Chaunsa’, also known as ‘Chausa’ Mango, is one of the sweetest pulpy mango cultivars mainly grown in North India. The way we need to eat Chaunsa Mango is really great for mango lovers, as we have to suck out the pulp. These slurping mangoes are mostly tasted in the form of Pulp, Aamras and Mango Juices.
They are usually grown in Bihar and it’s named after the town Chausa. Although, the best places for Chaunsa Mangoes in India are Kurukshetra in Haryana, Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh and the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. The major cultivations are found in these parts of India for Chaunsa Mangoes and exported to all the demanding states of India during the peak summer season. Mainly available during the months of July and August.