The festival to celebrate the king of fruits is here again. From today, Dilli Haat in Pitampura will be taken over by mangoes of all varieties at the 23rd Mango festival organised by Delhi Tourism.
Of the 1,200 varieties of mango available worldwide, the festival will showcase the 500 choicest as well as rare ones, for the Capital’s mango connoisseurs. Fruits like Sirki, Suwarn, Jahangir, Neeleshwari, Royal SP, Raddy Pasand, Himsagar, Kensington, Amrapali and Mallika, Neelam, Fazli, Banganpalli would be showcased at the festival.
Among the other popular varieties will be Dushehari, Langra, Alphonso, Kesar, Totapari, Vanraj and many more. There are also relatively unheard of varieties like Abdullah, Husnara, Zardallu, Ramkela, Aishwarya and Bombay Green.
With chief minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurating the festival at 5pm — with the first customary bite into the juicy delight — Delhiites will have a full three days to celebrate this quintessential Indian fruit “officially” in the monsoon, after indulging in it for all of the summer months.
This year, Delhi Tourism, along with Incredible India and agriculture produce market associations is organising the event, usually attended by people in hordes.
Mango cultivators from across the country, particularly from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Uttarakhand will be there along with popular mango growers like Haji Kareemullah Khan and Tariq Mustafa.
A resident of UP’s Malihabad, Padma Shri awardee Kareemullah has grown 250 varieties on a single tree.