This is the season of mangoes and mellow fruitfulness.
Lychees, apricots, peaches….all those fruits are seen on the market for a very
short time in summer. Mangoes dominate the scene, in the retail stores, at the
market, on the pavements. We even have festivals to celebrate this increasingly expensive fruit.
One was recently held at the Bal Gandharva on Jungli Maharaj
road. If people had not picked up a dozen of their favourite fruit till then,
this was the place they finally gave in and coughed up the dough for twelve of
the best. Old and young were seen leaving with their precious load in
peshwis, having sniffed out the finest
of the lot. I mean what is a
Maharashtrian without a mango. A cloud without rain, a book without words, a…a..
pain without paracetemol ?
The number of orchards represented were not as many as in
earlier years and the hapus and kesari ruled the show which, personally, I
find a bit boring. Considering that India boasts of having such diversity it is
a pity not more of the others make their way to this celebration of our most
lauded fruit.Where were the Totapuri's, the Dasehri, the Alampur Baneshan,the Chausa,the Sundri,the Mulgoa, the Langra, the Safeda or Banganapalli, the Rumani? The Alphonso is considered the most tasty but its promotion is a bit like ignoring all the other rice varieties because the basmati has gained universal acceptance. Tastes differ. It would be nice to have a bit of choice.
The College of Agriculture in Pune put up a small exhibit here of
varieties grown , pictures of which might be helpful in
identifying the type of mango you are
about to invest in.