The weariness of summer holds us down with the usual discomforts of heat & sweat in its anticipated stretch of sluggish days.
Let us, however, pay heed to the season’s sunny side. The key to our satisfaction is found in nature itself. What is it to relish and cherish in this sweltering weather? It’s the treasure of luscious fruits.
With that said, can you smell the ripening mangoes, and the mouthwatering sweet & spicy preparations they bring along in the form of juices, yogurts, shakes, ice creams, fruit cocktails, pickles, shrikhands, etc? Mangoes are rightly called the king of fruits.
This sweet juicy fruit has been a part of Indian cultivation since 4000 years with over 1500 varieties. Let us catch on its most tempting, tangy, sweet, and succulent ranges and reflect on their benefits:
- Badami (Karnataka Alphonso)
Grown in North Karnataka, it has taste & texture like Alphonso and contains minerals and vitamins for good health.
- Chaunsa (Sumer Bahist)
Golden yellow in color with a red glow, it is the sweetest mango grown in North India. It has a juicy pulp, rich aroma, and high nutrition.
- Alphonsos (Hafoos/Afonso de Albuquerque)
Alphonsos is a variant of Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. It is the best one in sweetness, flavor and thus most expensive. A rich, creamy texture and low fiber content make it fit for ice creams, puree, and other desserts.
Grown mainly in Malihabad, Uttar Pradesh, Dasheri is a famous, sweet and fragrant variety with yellow pulp and green peel. It is high in Vitamin C, fiber, minerals, and aids in digestion.
- Langra (Banarasi Langra)
This variety is mainly grown in Banaras, North India. The pulp is lemon yellow in color with greenish skin and is named after its original producer, who was unfortunately lame.
- Kesar (Gir Kesar)
It has bright orange color pulp like kesar and is grown in Girnar, Gujarat. Kesar contains less fiber and is juicy.
Grown in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, they are relished for taste, shape and aroma. The flesh is deep yellow or orange with no fiber.
- Totapuri (Ginimoothi Mango)
Totapuri is grown in Southern states and named after its parrot face. It is best eaten raw and has a liquid golden color.
Other favored varieties are Benishan Mango, Himsagar, Raspuri, Mulgoba, Nadan, Malda, Thamboor, etc.
Health benefits of mangoes are manifold. They alkalize our body, prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, improve eye health, aid in digestion, boost the immune system and help prevent heat stroke.
So, eat mangoes. They give you a reason to love the summer season!