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Savour the mango magic with these mango varieties in India

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Divya Chauhan
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Savour the mango magic with these mango varieties in India


Mangoes have a delightful diversity in India - from the buttery Alphonso to juicy Kesar, the list of mango varieties in India is never ending.

If you say that you don’t love mangoes, it would be hard to digest. Who doesn’t love mangoes? Whenever we see mangoes, we cannot wait to buy and gulp those down. Or make as many mango recipes as we can, right? If you are a mango lover, you’d know that not every mango is the same, instead, each one has its distinct taste, texture, and aroma. Let’s dive into the exquisite mango varieties in India that will make you drool.

1. Alphonso Mangoes

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If mangoes were to have a king, Alphonso would do justice to the position. Also known as Hapus, it is the best and most expensive mango variety that is primarily grown in Maharashtra. It has a buttery smooth texture & sweet taste and an aroma that is unique to them. The juicy pulp is what makes them perfect for desserts, shakes, and smoothies.

2. Dasheri Mangoes

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The mango season is incomplete without the Dasheri mangoes. It is a variety that can be found in every household in India. Everyone loves this kind of aam because you can suck the sweet pulp simply by tearing off the tip. The drool-worthy flavours hit the right spot for your taste buds. This variety originated from the gardens of the Lucknow Nawabs in the 18th century.

3. Totapuri Mangoes

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The name might give away something about this mango variety. It has a parrot beak-like shape – thus the name, which is easily recognizable. These mangoes come from Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra, and Tamil Nadu. While they may not be as sweet as other varieties, you will love their savoury taste. When combined with salt and chili, you will not be able to resist at all.

4. Langda Mangoes

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Langda mango hails from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. While it may not visually appeal to you, the taste will take you by surprise. With its fibrous flesh and pale green skin, it is uniquely sweet and tangy. The fibrous texture adds more taste to every bite

5. Chaunsa Mangoes

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Just when you think that the mango season is gone with the outro of Dasheri mangoes from the market, Chaunsa makes a fantastic entry. Grown in the northern part of India, chaunsa is fibreless and aromatic. The fruit with vibrant yellow skin is incredibly sweet and best eaten as a dessert.

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6. Pairi Mangoes

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Another mango variety in India is Pairi/Payari, also known as Raspuri because of its juicy pulp. The ripened fruit is reddish yellow and pulpy, making it ideal to be used in yogurts, ice creams, jellies, juices, etc. This mango is cultivated in Mysore and is extremely popular there.

7. Badami Mangoes

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Grown in Karnataka, the taste and texture of Badami resemble Alphonso, which is why it is also known as the ‘Alphonso of Karnataka.’ This mango tastes delicious and is popular for its meaty texture, sweet and juicy taste with little or no fiber.

8. Kesar Mangoes

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Primarily grown in Gujarat, Kesar mangoes are one of the tastiest varieties you will find. With distinct bright-yellow skin and texture, their flesh is juicy and fibreless. It is also utilized in making the staple sweet of Gujarat – Aamras. The oval and medium-sized fruit has an aroma that can be described as ‘perfumed.’

9. Moovandan Mangoes

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This mango variety originated in Kerala and is one of the most popular varieties. It takes three years to blossom. The sour and sweet taste of this mango is what makes it useful for making a variety of dishes, especially chutneys, and pickles. Keralites also love to have almost-riped Moovandan with salt and chilli powder.

10. Safeda Mangoes

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Safeda also goes by the name Banganpali or Benishan mango and is popular in Andhra Pradesh. It is also called the ‘King of mangoes in the South.’ The bright yellow-coloured fruit has a sweet taste to it with a tinge of sour. The juicy flesh has no fiber, so you can take every bite and expect it to melt inside your mouth. You can also eat the mango with its skin as it is very thin. This variety is also used in many desserts and mango dishes.

11. Himsagar Mangoes

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We know Bengalis love their sweets, so when a Bengali approves of Himsagar mango as sweet, we accept it. The mango variety is from West Bengal and is exported on a large scale because of its distinct taste and aroma. The delicacy of this fruit extends to many desserts and shakes.

12. Mankurad Mangoes

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For Goans, Mankurad is the real king of mangoes. Almost every home in Goa used to have a mango tree in their backyard and that is the reason Goans get emotional with Mankurad. The mango has the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavour. It is juicy, pulpy, less fibrous, and tasty, with a reddish tinge to its yellow colour.

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