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Mumbai: Rare batch of December mangoes snapped up for Rs. 8500

Updated: December 13, 2013 15:16 IST

The final product: the box of mangoes that sold for Rs. 8,500

Mumbai: Genuine Alphonso mangoes in the month of December may sound utopian, but then, miracles do happen. A box of Devgad mangoes entered the Vashi Agricultural and Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) recently, sent by a farmer from Devgad.

Within two days, a customer at Rajkot in Gujarat snapped up the entire lot, for a whopping Rs. 8,500 for the five-and-a-half dozen. 

At current exchange rate, this is the U.S. Dollar equivalent of $136.82 usd for 66 mangoes or a little over $2.00 usd per fruit.

Mangoes from the Konkan region are known to enter the market early in the month of February every year. 

The farmer who sent the mangoes from Devgad, however called the surprise crop a rare gift of nature.

Speaking to MiD DAY from Devgad, Vrushal Rawale, the farmer said, "A lot of care needs to be taken, right from when flowering begins to when the tree starts to bear the fruit. Since mango is a four-month crop, the flowering happens when the rains are nearing their end.

At such times, the farmer needs to take care by immediately covering the plants with white plastic. We tried our best to ensure that the tree bore fruit soon, and succeeded. We immediately sent the box of fruits to a trader in APMC."

He added that during peak season, he sends close to 3,500 boxes of mangoes to the market. Traders, on the other hand, said that farmers are known to make use of culter, which are liquid drops put around the plants so that they get sufficient warmth that mango trees are known to require.

"This is a one-off box which entered the market, but the season of the king of fruits would begin only in February. I received the mangoes on Monday and after letting it ripen for a day, it was picked up on Wednesday by a middleman, to be sold to a customer of his in Rajkot. The box, which had around five-and-a-half dozen mangoes, went for a price of Rs. 8, 500."

"The rate it went for was a little on the lower side, I feel. But when it's the first box of mangoes, we prefer not to argue over the price much as it is a good omen," said Mangesh Gangaram Shinde, a fruit merchant from APMC market.

 He said that early mangoes are bought by a lot of customers mostly to gift others, as the price is so high.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

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DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
Announcement / Corporate

 May 19, 2011, 14:04 IST

Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.

This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.

Commenting on the new service, Mr. R.S Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said: “With the advent of the mango season, it is no wonder that DHL Express Ea…