Mangoes Gala - Woman 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.

Comments

  1. Anonymous07 July, 2009

    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.

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

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  3. 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.

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

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  5. Anonymous07 July, 2009

    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

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

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

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  8. Anonymous07 July, 2009

    I LOVE mangoes. Wonderful post.

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  9. Count me in I love mangoes. Great post!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  16. 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.

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

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  18. 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.

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  19. Anonymous07 July, 2009

    What a delightful mouth-watering post!

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

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

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  22. Anonymous09 July, 2009

    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!!!

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

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  24. 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

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  25. 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.

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