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LuLu hosts mango festival across Kingdom of Saudi Arabia





























Thariq Al-Mulhim, manager of Agricultural Extension Department, Eastern Province, inaugurating Lulu Mango Festival at Lulu Al Khobar with Lulu Regional Director M. Abdul Basheer, Regional Manager O.S Salam, General Manager Mohammed Rafeek and other officials.







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Published — Saturday 24 May 2014



Last update 24 May 2014 1:49 am








LuLu Hypermarkets has launched a week long mango festival, which continues till May 28.











Er. Thariq Al-Mulhim, manager of agricultural extension department, Eastern Province, inaugurated the event on Thursday.





“This time, we are bringing the royal collection of mangoes from the royal orchards of the kings’ farms,”
a Lulu executive said. 





The collection includes varieties from Bada Bagh orchards, which is managed by Sayed Ghani Khan’s family at Kirugavulu in Malavally taluk of Karnataka state’s Mandya district.














Regarding the Arab world, Mango has an esteemed position among fruits in Egypt since the pre-historic era. 









Saudi Arabia, where Mango is considered a dignified fruit, is one of the largest mango importers from all over the world, especially from India and Pakistan. 











The Agricultural Ministry in Saudi Arabia has been taking keen interest in developing the cultivation of mango in the Southern Region, especially in and around Jazan. In this festival, Lulu is exhibiting more than 10 varieties of mangoes from this region.





The festival features a wide range of mango based products. LuLu’s bakery department is exhibiting an exclusive range of mango products ranging from cake and bread to basboosa.





“Fresh stocks of mangoes of different varieties from almost all mango producing countries have been imported for the festival. Leading varieties of mangoes will be on sale at LuLu Hypermarkets in Riyadh and Alkhobar at highly moderate prices.” 

~Rizwin Razak, 
buying manager for fruit and vegetables, 
LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, said.









“Special varieties like alphonso, known as king of mangoes, kesar, known as queen of mangoes, thottapuri, badami and rajapuri are being promoted throughout the festival,”
 


~ Abdul Saleem V.K., 
LuLu’s regional manager, 
Central Province, said.










The festival is taking place at more than 110 LuLu outlets across the Gulf.

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Alphonso





Alphonso (mango)
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.

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INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

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Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.



However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.




Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.



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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. 




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