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Mango Varieties

India is home to a multitude of mango varieties, with a type to please every kind of mango lover.

The king of fruits, most celebrated in the Indian subcontinent makes appearances in delectable desserts, drinks, curries, salads and even pickles. However, the most satisfying way to eat a mango, is by biting into the juicy, ripe, in-season fruit and enjoying it in all its glory. India gives one varied options from North to South, with mangoes of different shapes, sizes, colours and, taste. Food Lovers rounds up 15 of the most popular Indian mangoes and the right season to devour them!
 
Alphonso/ Hapus

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Native to Maharashtra, Alphonso also known as the king of mangoes is a sweet juicy mango is noted for its creamy, fiberless pulp rich in flavour and a golden-yellow skin with a red tinge on the top. Also grown in Gujarat and parts of Karnataka, it is the one of the most expensive and popular mangoes in India and abroad.
Season – May to June
 
Badami


Karnataka’s leading variety of mango, also called the Alphonso of Karnataka, Badami mangoes have a taste and texture similar to Alphonso. It has a fibreless sweet pulp that is golden in colour.
Season – May
 
Banganapalli/ Benishan/ Safeda

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The bright yellow, oval shaped Banganapalli mangoes hail from a village of the same name in Andhra Pradesh. These large 350-400 gram mangoes have a smooth blemish-free, thin edible skin with a fiberless flesh that is sweet and slightly sour. It is also known as the King of Mangoes in South India.
Season – April to June
 
Chausa
These oval-shaped mangoes popular in North India and Bihar have an incredibly sweet (one of the sweetest), juicy pulp and bright yellow skin with a red blush.
Season – July to August
 
Dasheri


Largely cultivated in Uttar Pradesh, Dasheri is the oldest variety of mango in India. Also called Malihabadi, the fruit is sweet and succulent with a strong aroma and a long, almost perfect shape.
Season – June to July
 
Himsagar


A variety grown in West Bengal also found as Maldahi in Odisha and Bihar, Himsagar mangoes have the shortest season and are available only during June. The thin-skinned, yellow mangoes have a smooth, silky flesh and are sweeter than most other varieties.
Season – Mid June-June End
 
Kesar

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The most distinguishing feature of Kesar, grown in Gujarat, is its heady aroma that spreads through the house. The colour of the pulp is a dark orange, like saffron, the spice it is named after.
Season – June to Early July
 
Langra

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This distinct fibrous mango type is famous in Northern India but originates from Varanasi. Langras are oblong and green in colour even when ripe. It is also known for its turpentine like taste.
Season – Mid July to August
 
Mallika

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Mallika mangoes are a relatively newer hybrid of the Neelam and Dasheri. Popular in the state of Karnataka, Mallika has a fiberless orange pulp as sweet as honey. Other notes of citrus, melon with honey make this variety standout.
Season – June to July
 
Malgova/Mulgoba


Grown in Tamil Nadu and easily discernible due to its enormous size, the Mulgoba can sometimes weigh a kilo a piece and is known as ‘Alphonso of South India’. It has a sweet flavour with a slight tartness and a pink blush at the tip of the skin that indicates its ripeness.
Season – May to July
 
Neelam

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Neelam is one variety that grows throughout the country but is famous in Hyderabad. These mangoes are known for their sweet fragrance, small size and orange skin.
Season – May to July
 
Pairi
This mango kind grows throughout Goa and coastal Maharashtra, with a skin that has a recognisable reddish tinge. Pairi’s also have a mildly spicy aroma and fibreless flesh that has the right balance of sugar and acid.
Season – May to June
 
Raspuri

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Also known as the ‘Queen of Mangoes’, Raspuri mangoes are extremely popular in the South of India, particularly Karnataka, where the fruit is grown in abundance. These mangoes are oval in shape with a sweet flavour and juicy texture.
Season – May to June
 
Sindoora


Sindoora mangoes have a distinctive reddish color at the top and green on the bottom of its skin. A popular variety in Tamil Nadu, Sindoora is also called ‘honey’ mango because of its juicy, super sweet pulp.
Season – Mid-May to Mid-June
 
Totapuri


Totapuri hails from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu and is easy to identify with a shape that looks like a parrot’s beak. When ripe the edible skin of the fruit is a greenish in colour, with tinges of red. The flesh is crunchy, tangy and not so sweet.
Season – June to July

Posted: June 12, 2018
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