National Mango Day: How many of these mango varieties have you tried?

On the occasion of National Mango Day, here’s a tribute to the mood lifting, succulent fruit. There’s a mango out there for every mood. We’ve listed some of the gems from across the country. Take your pick.

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Rataul: Hailing from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, Rataul is a small, greenish yellow mango, with a rich orange, luscious pulp. Both India and Pakistan claim the mango to be their own. When Prime Minister Indira Gandhi received a box of Multani Anwar Ratauls from Pakistan’s President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, villagers in UP were quick to point out to Gandhi who the mango originally belonged to.

Rataul: Hailing from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, Rataul is a small, greenish yellow mango, with a rich orange, luscious pulp. Both India and Pakistan claim the mango to be their own. When Prime Minister Indira Gandhi received a box of Multani Anwar Ratauls from Pakistan’s President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, villagers in UP were quick to point out to Gandhi who the mango originally belonged to.

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Dussehri: Malihabad in Lucknow district of Uttar Pradesh is the largest producer of Dussehri mango. Its skin is semi thick, smooth, waxy and leathery. It ranges from light green to yellow-green, turning into a golden yellow hue when ripe. Originating in the 18th century, this mango is said to have first appeared in the gardens of the Nawab of Lucknow. The plant bears fruit every alternate year.

Dussehri: Malihabad in Lucknow district of Uttar Pradesh is the largest producer of Dussehri mango. Its skin is semi thick, smooth, waxy and leathery. It ranges from light green to yellow-green, turning into a golden yellow hue when ripe. Originating in the 18th century, this mango is said to have first appeared in the gardens of the Nawab of Lucknow. The plant bears fruit every alternate year.

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Langra: This refreshing green variety from Uttar Pradesh has a fibre-less sugary flesh. It has a strong smell when it ripens. It is believed to have originated in Banaras (now Varanasi). It is said that a lame man from Banaras, named Langra, planted its seed in his garden. Over a period of time, his mangoes gained fame.

Langra: This refreshing green variety from Uttar Pradesh has a fibre-less sugary flesh. It has a strong smell when it ripens. It is believed to have originated in Banaras (now Varanasi). It is said that a lame man from Banaras, named Langra, planted its seed in his garden. Over a period of time, his mangoes gained fame.

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Chausa: Chausa comes in monsoon when other varieties are out of stock. It hails from the hinterlands of India (Multan, present-day Pakistan). In 1539, Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun in the Battle of Chausa, a small town in Bihar, and named this mango, making it iconic in the state. Its flesh is dark yellow or orange and it has a beak-like structure at the bottom.

Chausa: Chausa comes in monsoon when other varieties are out of stock. It hails from the hinterlands of India (Multan, present-day Pakistan). In 1539, Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun in the Battle of Chausa, a small town in Bihar, and named this mango, making it iconic in the state. Its flesh is dark yellow or orange and it has a beak-like structure at the bottom.

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Gulab Khas: Comparatively smaller in size, this blushing mango in a rosy flavour, with hues of red, is one of the most delectable mangoes from Bihar. Its non-fibrous pulp makes it perfect for desserts. Sold in the months of May and June, Gulab Khas is rich in minerals such as iron, folate and magnesium. It’s also popular in West Bengal and Jharkhand.

Gulab Khas: Comparatively smaller in size, this blushing mango in a rosy flavour, with hues of red, is one of the most delectable mangoes from Bihar. Its non-fibrous pulp makes it perfect for desserts. Sold in the months of May and June, Gulab Khas is rich in minerals such as iron, folate and magnesium. It’s also popular in West Bengal and Jharkhand.

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Kesar: Most preferred variety for exotic dishes, Kesar or Gir Kesar is known as the Queen of Mangoes. The small to medium fruit was grown in 1931 by Junagadh Wazir Sale Bhai in Vanthali, Junagadh district of Gujarat. Among the most expensive varieties, it is smooth, fragrant and juicy with intense sweetness.

Kesar: Most preferred variety for exotic dishes, Kesar or Gir Kesar is known as the Queen of Mangoes. The small to medium fruit was grown in 1931 by Junagadh Wazir Sale Bhai in Vanthali, Junagadh district of Gujarat. Among the most expensive varieties, it is smooth, fragrant and juicy with intense sweetness.

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Himsagar: Cultivated in Malda, Murshidaba,Nadia and Hooghly districts of West Bengal, it is a thin-skinned mango, characterised by complete absence of fibre. It has a golden hue, pleasant aroma and unparalleled sweetness. Himsagar has a record of attending the Mango Festival held in the United States. These mangoes are found for the shortest period, starting from the second week of May till June end.

Himsagar: Cultivated in Malda, Murshidaba,Nadia and Hooghly districts of West Bengal, it is a thin-skinned mango, characterised by complete absence of fibre. It has a golden hue, pleasant aroma and unparalleled sweetness. Himsagar has a record of attending the Mango Festival held in the United States. These mangoes are found for the shortest period, starting from the second week of May till June end.

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Vanraj: This variety of mango from Vadodra, Gujarat, is deep chrome with a blush of jasper red. Weighing about 500-600gm, it has brilliant yellow flesh with a flavourful profile that is between sweet and sour. The price of this mid-season mango is higher as compared to other varieties.

Vanraj: This variety of mango from Vadodra, Gujarat, is deep chrome with a blush of jasper red. Weighing about 500-600gm, it has brilliant yellow flesh with a flavourful profile that is between sweet and sour. The price of this mid-season mango is higher as compared to other varieties.

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Noorjahan: This mango from Alirajpur district, Madhya Pradesh, costs up to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,500 per piece. Weighing almost 3-3.5kg, these mangoes are considered to be the biggest in the country. Named after the Mughal queen, Noorjahan, it’s believed that this variety made its way from Afghanistan to Madhya Pradesh via Gujarat. The mangoes are juicy and their look and taste reminds one of saffron. The fruit’s skin is thin and the seed is small.

Noorjahan: This mango from Alirajpur district, Madhya Pradesh, costs up to 1,500 per piece. Weighing almost 3-3.5kg, these mangoes are considered to be the biggest in the country. Named after the Mughal queen, Noorjahan, it’s believed that this variety made its way from Afghanistan to Madhya Pradesh via Gujarat. The mangoes are juicy and their look and taste reminds one of saffron. The fruit’s skin is thin and the seed is small.

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Alphonso: Originating from Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, the King of Mangoes is also known as Hapus in Marathi. Small, egg-shaped, sharply sweet with mellow tropical flavours and intense aroma, it is named after Portuguese General Afonso de Albuquerque, who helped establish Portuguese colonies in India in the 15th century. The Portuguese introduced grafting on mango trees to produce such extraordinary varieties.

Alphonso: Originating from Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, the King of Mangoes is also known as Hapus in Marathi. Small, egg-shaped, sharply sweet with mellow tropical flavours and intense aroma, it is named after Portuguese General Afonso de Albuquerque, who helped establish Portuguese colonies in India in the 15th century. The Portuguese introduced grafting on mango trees to produce such extraordinary varieties.

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Mulgoa: Also known as Malgova or Malgoba, it is cultivated in Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. Round-oblique in shape, it is one of the biggest variants to be found. A ripe fruit weighs up to 500gm. Flavourful, fibreless, yellow and soft, it has a sweet flesh. It’s among the few South Indian mangoes that have gained global recognition. Mulgoas were among the first Indian mangoes to be grown commercially in the USA.

Mulgoa: Also known as Malgova or Malgoba, it is cultivated in Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. Round-oblique in shape, it is one of the biggest variants to be found. A ripe fruit weighs up to 500gm. Flavourful, fibreless, yellow and soft, it has a sweet flesh. It’s among the few South Indian mangoes that have gained global recognition. Mulgoas were among the first Indian mangoes to be grown commercially in the USA.

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Suvarnarekha: Also known as Chinna Suvarnarekha, it originates from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Medium-sized, ovate-oblong, light cadmium in colour, with a blush of jasper red and medium dots, this juicy fruit is soft and fibreless with yellow flesh and pleasant sweet flavour. The variety has spread to adjoining districts of Visakhapatnam. It ripens early in the season (April to May). Exported throughout India, this beauty is known as Sundari in North India and Lalsundri in Odisha.

Suvarnarekha: Also known as Chinna Suvarnarekha, it originates from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Medium-sized, ovate-oblong, light cadmium in colour, with a blush of jasper red and medium dots, this juicy fruit is soft and fibreless with yellow flesh and pleasant sweet flavour. The variety has spread to adjoining districts of Visakhapatnam. It ripens early in the season (April to May). Exported throughout India, this beauty is known as Sundari in North India and Lalsundri in Odisha.

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Kilichundan: They are relatively large in size and are sold in huge quantities in various regions of Kerala. The fruit resembles the beak of a bird, and this is exactly what Kilichundan means in the Malayalam language, hence the name. The tree is medium in size and bears a lot of greenish-yellow mangoes. This fruit is used in houses and restaurants to prepare mango curries and pickles. It’s one of the most loved varieties of Kerala.

Kilichundan: They are relatively large in size and are sold in huge quantities in various regions of Kerala. The fruit resembles the beak of a bird, and this is exactly what Kilichundan means in the Malayalam language, hence the name. The tree is medium in size and bears a lot of greenish-yellow mangoes. This fruit is used in houses and restaurants to prepare mango curries and pickles. It’s one of the most loved varieties of Kerala.

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Mankurad: This variety from Goa has a uniform yellow colour, less fibre and balanced sugar. Popular in Maharashtra as well, its sweet and sour flavour makes it unique. The Portuguese named it Malcorado and with time, the name changed to Mankurad. A mid-season fruit (March to April), it’s considered the king of mangoes in Goa. It is said that this mango can fill the entire house with its aroma.

Mankurad: This variety from Goa has a uniform yellow colour, less fibre and balanced sugar. Popular in Maharashtra as well, its sweet and sour flavour makes it unique. The Portuguese named it Malcorado and with time, the name changed to Mankurad. A mid-season fruit (March to April), it’s considered the king of mangoes in Goa. It is said that this mango can fill the entire house with its aroma.

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Badami: Nicknamed as the Alphonso of Karnataka, Badami has a pale yellow, thin skin through which it is easy to detect the softness of the flesh. The flesh is attractive yellow and orange coloured. Badami is almost totally fibreless, and this is what makes this variety stand apart.

Badami: Nicknamed as the Alphonso of Karnataka, Badami has a pale yellow, thin skin through which it is easy to detect the softness of the flesh. The flesh is attractive yellow and orange coloured. Badami is almost totally fibreless, and this is what makes this variety stand apart.

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Banganapalli: Produced in Banganapalle town of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, Banganapalli, also known as Safeda in Delhi and UP. With a pleasant aroma, thin, blemish-free skin and fibreless sweet yellow pulp, it is larger than Alphonso. This mango alone occupies 70% of the total mango cultivable area of the state. Rich in vitamin A and C, the mango is loaded with health benefits. It’s equally popular in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Banganapalli: Produced in Banganapalle town of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, Banganapalli, also known as Safeda in Delhi and UP. With a pleasant aroma, thin, blemish-free skin and fibreless sweet yellow pulp, it is larger than Alphonso. This mango alone occupies 70% of the total mango cultivable area of the state. Rich in vitamin A and C, the mango is loaded with health benefits. It’s equally popular in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

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Totapuri: The electronic city, Bengaluru, is famous for its Totapuri mangoes that are also called Bangalora and Sandersha. This medium to large sized mango (6-8 inches long) is grown mostly in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The fruit has a tangy flavour and is perfectly suited for conversion to juices, nectars, drinks, jams, fruit cheese or dessert. It can also be used in puddings and bakery fillings.

Totapuri: The electronic city, Bengaluru, is famous for its Totapuri mangoes that are also called Bangalora and Sandersha. This medium to large sized mango (6-8 inches long) is grown mostly in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The fruit has a tangy flavour and is perfectly suited for conversion to juices, nectars, drinks, jams, fruit cheese or dessert. It can also be used in puddings and bakery fillings.

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