The king’s season is here! the king of the fruits is now ready to come to our homes and give us the delicious pleasure we all need. Before that, I know you all are confused among the Raspuri, Chaunsa, Langra, and the exotic-sounding Alphonso. Toh! Aam log! Chalo! We are here to tell you about the various types of mangoes, their qualities, the differences between them, and where they are found:
‘the king of kings’, Alphonso is also known as Hapus, it is sweet, rich and has a flavor that will bring you to another world. Of course! Because of its richness, they are the most expensive mangoes in India and also has high demand in the international market, as it can also turn into your favorite desserts like ice cream, yogurts, cakes, puddings and many more.
Where to find them- Around Ratnagiri, Maharastra
Do not underestimate this one! This is not a regular variety of mango, It is the Karnataka Alphonso!! These are similar to Alphonso, famous for its pulp and juice.
Where to find them- the northern part of Karnataka.
The UP- Bihar aam! The song- Ye Aaye hai UP Bihar lootne is just for them, this variety of mango rules over the hearts of these people. Chaunsas are known for their sweet taste and aroma, these yellow mangoes are ready to get peeled, sucked, and slurped! Yes! directly!
Where to find them- North India
Another U.P product! This royal mango is grown in the land of nawabs, to give you the feel of you sitting on the throne. The oldest Dasheri plant is said to be around 200 years old and it still gives fruits every alternate year, it is situated in Kakori, Uttar Pradesh.
Where to find them- Lucknow and Malihabad, Uttar Pradesh
Well there you’ve read about the king of mangoes, Kesar is known as ‘the queen’ of mangoes, famous for its Aamras dish, it owes its name to the Gir mountains, as it grows in the foothills of the mountain of Gir, Gujarat. It is one of the most expensive varieties of mangoes, usually golden in color with greenish hues.
Where to find them- Saurashtra, Gujarat
These Banarasi mangoes retain a green tint even when ripen, it is still a mystery how these varieties got its name from. Once you fell in love with them, it is hard to fall in love with any other variety, these will become your soulmate. The best time to find this soulmate is during the last two weeks of July.
Where to find them- Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
India has got a variety of Alphonso! These delicious, bright-colored ‘Alphonso’s of South India’ are round-shaped and thick-skinned. Also known as Malgoa, these mangoes are big and popular for their juices and pulp.
Where to find them- Salem, Tamil Nadu
Neelam mangoes are defined with their lovely floral fragrance and unique bottom tip shape, they are usually smaller than the other mango types. Even though it is grown in about all parts of India, the yummiest and most special variety of Neelam mangoes originates from the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Where to find them- Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
This range is used to make jams, juices, ice cream, jellies, yogurts, and milkshakes. Known as Peddarasalu in Karnataka, are oval in shape and has an inedible skin and are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A.Where to find them- Karnataka
HimsagarThe shortest-lived in the season amongst all. Fiber-less and fleshy, these yellow mangoes makes great milkshakes. It’s also named, Khirsapati.
Where to find them- West Bengal
Totapuri A.K.A, Bangalora, Gilli, Mukku, Kili Mooku, Sandersha Kallamai, and Thevadiyamuthi are tangy in taste, so are often served with salt and chilli powder and also used for making salads and pickles. They are easiest to identify, because of the shape they have, the tip looking like a parrot’s beak. (also its how it got the name).
Where to find them- South India
Mango Benishan Mangoes are also known as Banganapalli, named after where they are cultivated. Extremely golden in colour, these weigh around 350-400 grams! Quite massive!
Where to find them- Banganapalli, Andhra Pradesh
Pairi or Paheri are alternative of Ratnagiri Alphonso Mango, has reddish tinge although not sickly sweet, Pairi has slight rancid noticeable taste hidden in that delight. If Kesar is not available, Pairi is used as a great alternative to make Gujarati Aamras.
Where to find them- Gujarat
As the name indicates, these are reddish in color and is known for its rosy scent and taste. It is available during the mid-seasoned, having non-fibrous pulp and so is very popular for making mango-based desserts.
Where to find them- Karnataka
This thin-skinned mango is a variant of Langra variety, known for being larger than other mangoes, it has lots of pulp, is completely non-fibrous and each of them weighs almost and around a kilo, commonly found in the Delhi-Bengal area. They are sweet-sour taste and are good for making chutneys and pickles.
Where to find them- Bihar and West Bengal