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    The 2021 season of mangoes is here. Learn which months are mango season in India using this infographic. This is the time to nourish the different varieties of mangoes with high nutritious value. Want to make sure you get the fresh and tasty yellow mangoes? Look no further to buy the famous mango types including Alphonso mango - the king of mangoes, Banganapalli mango, Dasheri mango, Neelam mango and Malgova mango. You can also find the best quality mangoes from bigbasket like Totapuri mango, Badami mango, Kesar mango, Sindhura the red mango. Wait no more! Buy the sweetest and tastiest mangoes from bigbasket before the season ends.

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    Mango - King of Fruits

    “You had better have one King than 500” – Charles II

    First came the Mesopotamians, then the Egyptians and then Indus valley civilization bloomed, prospered and withered which was the time when Greeks were carving their own history and gave away to the great Roman empire who built the Colosseum, Temple of Baalbek and reigned over for 300 years. Then came the rise of European kingdoms and Mughal empires during 1500-1800s and then British took over and colonized multiple countries and birth of Independence came to all the colonized colonies. Now we live in a free world where democracy prevails, yet for all these years, people have been ruled by one king. The Great king from Anacardiaceae family, Mangifera Indica otherwise known as Mango.

    Mango rightly called the King of Fruits for its exquisite taste and amazing fragrance, has been in existence for more than 4000 years. There are many theories on how Mangoes were introduced to the Indian Mainland, one in which it was introduced via Main land and the other through Indo Burmese region. Presently it is cultivated in India as well as in South and South east Asian countries, in Africa, in Australia and USA. Also Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Caribbean Islands grow specific Mangoes.

    Characteristics of Mango

    The Mango tree is a large branched tree growing close to 30-40 m in height and has a crown radius extending up to 10m. The fruit generally takes close to 3-4 months to ripe and varies in shape, size, color, fragrance & several other characteristics. Usually Mangoes are oval shaped and can also take up a round shape depending on the variety. The size varies from 2.5 cm to 30 cm and weighs roughly around 200-250 gms in the Indian subcontinent. The ideal temperature required for the growth of Mangoes is around 30 degrees celsius.

    Nutritional Value of Mango

    100gm of Mango contains 74 Kcals and is a Carbohydrate rich food which makes up 15% of the total nutrients contained. Mangoes also contain 0.6 gm of Protein and 1990 micrograms of Beta Carotene which is higher than any fruits. Beta Carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A which acts as an antioxidant, slows down cognitive decline and helps in keeping lungs healthy. Consuming Mangoes during the season helps store Vitamin A in the liver which lasts up to a year and helps in preventing Vitamin A deficient diseases such as Night blindness. Mangoes are also rich in Vitamin C which forms about 16 mg when it is fully ripened.

    World of Mangoes

    Mangoes grow in both tropical and subtropical climate which makes it one of the best suited crops to grow in any region. Mangoes are grown in 83 countries with India and its neighbors dominating the production of Mangoes. India alone accounts for 53% of the overall Mango production, followed by China, Thailand and Mexico. Despite India being the largest producer of Mangoes, it's yield is low primarily due to post harvest damages and mango orchard sizes being smaller compared to other nations.

    Export of Mangoes form only 0.60% of the total production, India accounts for 15% of the total exports and is mainly transported to the Middle Eastern countries.

    India and Mangoes

    Mangoes are grown in over 1.1 Mn Hectares producing 11 Mn tonnes and the states contributing to production of Mangoes are Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar, Tamil Nadu & Punjab.

    Government of India in the year 2001-02 formed special zones named Agri Export Zones which would concentrate on a specific produce, where from sourcing of raw materials to implementing better agricultural practices to helping export would be done by AEZs. There are 11 AEZs in total in various states of which 5 are in Andhra Pradesh, 2 in Maharashtra, 1 each in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, West Bengal.

    In Andhra Pradesh, Krishna District tops in the production of Mangoes followed by Chittoor and Khammam. In Maharashtra, Alphonso and Kesar are two important varieties which forms bulk of the production. Alphonso is grown in Ratnagiri, Raigad, Thane, Sindhudurg. Kesar is grown in Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Latur, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts. In West Bengal, Malda and Murshidabad districts are chosen as AEZs.

    Indian Varieties of Mango

    India is home to more than 1000 varieties, however only very few are commercially cultivated. Alphonso and Kesar Mangoes are very popular and are grown in the western region. Banganapalli, Totapuri and Neelam are from the southern states. Langra, Chausa, Dasheri are from Northern Region and Fazil is from eastern states.

    Andhra Pradesh: Banganapalli, Neelam, Totapuri, Rasalu
    Bihar: Chausa, Dasheri, Fazli, Langra
    Gujarat and Maharashtra : Kesar, Rajapuri, Alphonso, Hapus, Ratnagiri, Devgad
    Haryana: Dasheri, Chausa, Langra, Fazli
    Himachal Pradesh : Chausa, Dasheri
    Karnataka: Alphonso, Totapuri, Banganapalli,Neelum, Badami
    Tamil Nadu: Alphonso, Totapuri, Banganapalli,Neelum
    Uttar Pradesh: Bombay Green, Chausa, Dasheri, Langra, Safeda
    West Bengal: Fazli, Gulab Khas, Himsagar, Langra, Bombay Green, Malda

    Banganapalli

    The fruit gets its name from the place it is grown in - Banganapalle of Kurnool District in Andhra Pradesh. It currently occupies 70% of the total cultivated mango area in the state. It is called as Benishan named after Zamindar of Panyam and Nawab of Banganapalle. The fruit is oval in shape and has firm skin and its mid season variety is used for canning.

    Alphonso

    Alphonso also called Hafoos, Hapus or Aapoos is considered to be the King of Kings and named after a portuguese general and military expert who was instrumental in setting up the colonies. The fruit is grown mostly in western region of the country namely Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad districts and is one of the expensive varieties of mangoes in the country.

    Kesar

    Kesar is another variety grown in the foothills of Girnar and was mistakenly called Kesar (Saffron) by Nawab of Junagadh looking at its orange pulp. Primarily grown in Saurashtrian region of Gujarat and is given a GI status by India

    Raspuri

    These mangoes are primarily grown in the southern parts of India especially Karnataka. They are rich in carotenes - a rich source of Vitamin A. Raspuri mangoes are used in making jams, jellies and smoothies.

    Gulab Khas

    Summers have been made bearable in Bihar by blushing of Gulab Khas. Gulab Khas is best consumed when it is chilled and scooped straight out of skin

    Sugar baby

    Sugar baby variety of mango is grown in Tamilnadu and Karnataka region. Primarily rich in carotenes and is used for making smoothies

    Mango Recipes

    From delicious chutneys to mouth watering milkshakes to spicy pickles, Mangoes are “the” ingredient to experiment with in summers. Here are some of the recipes which we find that should be tried.

    Mango Pachadi: This salad is consumed widely during the summers in South. With some chillies in the mix and thick curd to lead from the front you would question if there is any other better dish than Pachadi in the world. You can find ripe mango pachadi recipe here.

    Aamras: This is a sweet dish made from the pulp of the fruit. Consumed with Poori or Chapathi. You can find the aamras recipe here.

    Mango Lassi: What would the world come to if we hadn’t invented Mango lassi? There is a popular theory that wars have been stopped when both the parties/nations consumed Mango Lassi. More about mango lassi recipe here.

    Mango Sambar: Probably the greatest dish of all time, Sambhar, has one more amazing ingredient added to it. This dish relished during the summers contains perfect mix of spice and sweetness that Mangoes bring to the table. Mouthwatering mango sambar recipe can be found here.

    How is bigbasket different from the rest of the retailers

    bigbasket’s fresho mangoes are purchased directly from farmers, where a team of agronomists and quality controllers make sure that the mangoes are not only handled with best care but harvested at the right time, are of the right size and are ripened safely. The quality team makes sure that the farmers do not resort to any harmful ripening practices like carbide ripening in order to ripen fruits faster.

    The fully integrated supply chain from farms to customers, makes sure that you get mangoes as fresh as possible. Moreover, connectivity across cities helps bigbasket host the largest online store of all different kinds of mangoes. If you are a Lucknowi in Bangalore or a Mumbaikar in Kolkata, you can still enjoy your favourite dasheri and Alphonso mangoes from bigbasket at the lowest prices.

    Do you remember visiting family and friends during summer and carrying mangoes as gifts? Gifting mangoes in summers is surely one of the sweetest, warmest gesture since it brings back a lot of nostalgia and happy memories. This summer, try gifting Mango Premium boxes designed specially as a token of your best wishes and happiness. After all, what says love and care better than a box of fresh, safe, ripe and sweet mangoes.

    The large mango trees sprawling like a canopy, bending downward heavy with the weight of fruits have always been shelter spots for people. Mango trees give so much to the environment and the people. Keeping on with this positive theme, fresho! Our mango boxes are only cardboard boxes which are 100% eco-friendly. Moreover, as our save the planet initiative, we offer to collect mango boxes back, so that we can recycle them for you.

    Mangoes and summers are synonyms to one another and at bigbasket, there is nothing we take more pleasure in than bringing this quintessential experience to your doorstep. Why substitute your love for mango with processed products that carry only a whiff of mango mania. Buy Fresh mangoes, eat them as a fruits, make aamras, that sinful luscious mango drink, put it in your salads, make yourself a thick mango shake every breakfast or just top dessert with scoops of fresh fruit.