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Monday, July 06, 2009

Mangoes Gala - Man goes gaga!

Want to see mangoes, smell mangoes, taste mangoes, feel mangoes, and hear (the slurp of) mangoes all day? Answer Mango quiz, write mango slogans, buy mangoes, pickles, and plenty of other products by the crateful? Look out for next year's Delhi Mango Festival. We were lucky to have made it in time for the Delhi Tourism's 3-day show July 3-5, at Pitampura Dilli Haat), which more than made up for our sorely missed mango season in south India. ("what a harvest this year! you just missed it" was the refrain rammed into the ear all June when we holidayed in mango-rich Kerala)
Rows and rows of the aam-yet-khaas (common, yet special) fruit in umpteen shades of green, yellow, orange & red - Chausa, Safeda / banganapalli, Neelam, Totapuri, Rumani, Sukul, Cipia, Rari, Fazli, Lalo, Malda (Bihar's best), Aish, Mithua, Ichakdhari, kachakdhari, Dinga, Haldi, Sensation, Sharda, Ramkela, Pusa Surya, Amrapalli, 'Tommy Atkins', Kesar, Maya, Ambika,Vishwanath, Shubha Pasand, Dhobari, Lal sindoor, Motichur, Taimur Lang, Nawab pasand, Lakhan bhog, Arunima, Kalani, Dogala, Jardalo, Hathi dhol, Haldi chandan, kaale aam, Menaka, Prabhashankar, Suvarnarekha, Olur, Ram bhog, Krishna bhog, karela, sinchita, mahabali ....... Sonpari, Neeleshwar, Neelgoa, Neeluddin, (cross varieties) If only each of the 1000+ varieties reached the market!
This 2 kg specimen is named Mahabali, and comes from prize-winning Mustafa Orchards, Uttar Pradesh.





You could have your pick of pickled mangoes
The mango-eating competition. You are offered 3 kgs of choice fruit, and 3 minutes. I'd prefer to enjoy them away from the glare, perhaps curled up with 'The House of Blue Mangoes'!

ये आम फल थोडी है? ये ख़ास है! (pun intended)

Need I say more? This week we have all-mango menu chez nous.


Visit more worlds
A rather multi-lingual post, I notice.

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26 Comments:

OpenID itsnotjustapicture said...

i like mangoes though navigating around the huge seed makes for lots of waste. i've never tried pickled mango...how does that taste? curious.
very interesting post.
thanks for sharing.

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Sylvia K said...

What a great post! Interesting info and lovely shots of your world!

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Jedediah said...

I didn't even know that there were small varieties of mango. I'd love to eat one fresh sometime, I like the ones we get here, but I imagine that they taste very different and much better freshly harvested.

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Carver said...

This was a fascinating post. Love the shots of the mangoes and how interesting too. Carver's Photoblog

07 July, 2009  
OpenID ramosforestenvironment.com said...

I like mangoes very much. Here, we have a lot of different mangoes - manga (fruit) and mangueira (tree)- in Portuguese language).
Many Brazilian exotic fruits are from India.
India and Brazil are very close, I think so.
Luiz Ramos

07 July, 2009  
Blogger marcia@joyismygoal said...

how cool we love mangoes we have Peach Festival next week here

07 July, 2009  
Blogger maryt/theteach said...

All the mangoes we get here are perfectly oval and green! Thank you for showing me the variety! :) Pickled mangoes?!!

07 July, 2009  
OpenID ewok1993 said...

I LOVE mangoes. Wonderful post.

07 July, 2009  
Blogger James said...

Count me in I love mangoes. Great post!

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Canarybird said...

I love mangoes too and would love to try them pickled! A nice post showing so many varieties!

07 July, 2009  
Blogger SandyCarlson said...

Yum!

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Tranquility said...

What a neat event!
YUM!!
I had no idea mangoes came in so many sizes and varieties!

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Marja said...

wow I haven't even hear of most of these fruits. They are humongous
What a feast

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Babooshka said...

It must be lovely to eat fresh food like this. Our manogoes never look as tastey

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Jenn Jilks said...

Clever post! My Muskoka is way too cold for mangoes.

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Elisabeth's bright side said...

Mango is my favourite fruit, thanks for the Mango Lesson. This festival remainds me of the "Pommes du fête" in Mirepoix.

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Marites said...

I love mangoes and you showed a lot of them:) Some of them, I think, we don't have the variety. I wonder how they taste.

My world entry is up too.

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Arija said...

That's my kind of place! I just loooove mangoes!!!

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Swarna said...

Hi all
Thanks for visiting.
The mango pickle- is an easily prepared spicy item that can be stored for years, and there are as many varieties as the persons preparing them! A pickle-post will follow asap.

07 July, 2009  
OpenID ladyfi said...

What a delightful mouth-watering post!

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Snap said...

Oh, my! Mango heaven! More! :D :D

07 July, 2009  
Blogger Freehit said...

Slluurp! A very informative post and great pics. And thanks for the pen-spective. Looking forward to the pickle post!

08 July, 2009  
OpenID zeal4adventure said...

Mangoes galore! And lots of variety to boot! We have really gorgeous mangoes as well but as many kinds as you have there. I am curious to try some of yours!!!

09 July, 2009  
Blogger A New Beginning said...

Hey! Yov've got a great blog here .All the very best to you and keep blogging!

11 July, 2009  
Blogger Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Swarna:)

Greetings:)

Amazing variety of mangoes. Tasty, delicious, wonderful. Lovely photos. I love mango pickles.

The mahabali mango is fantastic.

We also had plenty of mangoes in Kochi at very reasonable prices.

I enjoyed the wonderful narration.

Have a nice day Swarna:)
Joseph

11 July, 2009  
Blogger preeti garg said...

Mango is a king of all the fruits. I like mango very much. Your sharing is so interesting specially pickled mangoes.The mango is the national fruit of India.

05 November, 2012  

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