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INDIA : Top 5 edgiest mango-inspired bites and slurps

TNN | May 12, 2015, 12.00 AM IST

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Aam janta behold, the flavour of the season in a new avatar. Our countdown to the season's edgiest mango-inspired bites and slurps.

It's that time of the year when chefs usher the king of fruits into their laboratories. 

The challenge stems from trying to reinvent a fruit that's been subjected to everything from pulping to pickling. 

Before you're knee deep in mango specials and swamped with menu choices, we've done you (and our taste buds) a kindness by tasting everything from mango-infused ale to a sweet mess-and-a-half named after a Bandra college.

Our top five mango marvels:

THE ALFIE at The White Owl Price: Rs 345+ taxes for 300 ml This is not a shy, watered down fruit ale. It will hit you hard. The bold ale, smells and tastes like our beloved hapoos, with a bitter tinge at the end to remind you that it's still a beer. Brewmaster Mehul Patel tells us that no hops were used to enhance flavours. So, the beer relies solely on the yeast, water, barley and natural sweetness of Alphonso mangoes. Don't judge it based on looks. The cloudiness, he explains, owes to the fact that it's an unfiltered beer.

at La Folie Price: Rs 260 We've met the popular Rouge Velour at La Folie, now meet his seasonal cousin. Mango Velour may not boast the airbrushed red petals like her poster boy cousin, but it is delicate and, more importantly, light. Under the vibrant yellow dome, is a layer of airy lemon genoise cake, topped with fresh mango compote, finished with luxurious Chantilly mango creme Philadelphia. Like most of Sanjana Patel's plush desserts, this was not cloyingly sweet and the silky mango flavour stood its ground till the last bite.

RAW MANGO AND ROASTED PUMPKIN BURGER at Woodside Inn Price: Rs 425 + taxes The mad scientists in the kitchen have brought together an unlikely pair of ingredients who, it seems, hit it off famously. Mango and pumpkin unite to create this veggie burger with some serious sass. The fat, crunchy patty packs in sour kairi, roasted pumpkin and potato mash between warm multigrain buns. Topped with dressed fenugreek, mango chilli sour, and the usual suspects, you can taste the chemistry in every mouthful.

THE ST. ANDREW'S MESS at The Bombay Canteen Price: Rs 250 + taxes Created for The Bombay Canteen by Sucre Des Terres, this funky fresh riff on the Eton Mess is glorious to look at. Spikes of meringue cookies, dabs of aam panna mousse, bright alphonso mangoes and some crushed meringue offer a twist to this classic English dessert. The meringue shells dissolve on your tongue, leaving you to ponder over the sweet and sour dance of flavour. The strawberry classic may be Prince William's favourite but this is the first Eton mess that we've enjoyed. Fun trivia, executive chef Thomas Zacharias used to work in the student-staffed restaurant, St. Andrew's Cafe back when he was studying at the Culinary institute of America.

TAYATHI THAMIN NE/STICKY RICE WITH RAW MANGO SALSA at Burma Burma Price: Rs 300 + taxes Yes, there's more to Burmese food than Khow Suey. The cuisine of Myanmar has strong Indian, Chinese and Thai influences. Unveiled during Thingyan or Burmese New Year, Tayathi Thamin Ne is a meal in itself. Two mounds of sticky rice are generously stuffed with a spicy-sour raw mango salsa, topped with crunchy caramelised onions in chilli oil and finished with chopped scallions. Pair this with their light TeaTox Tea.

at Terttulia Price: Rs 245 + taxes Cold soups are just as hearty as any salad, and this healthy fix tastes like aam panna. The Shivaji Park restaurant serves up a raw mango and mint soup with a heart of a cooling smoothie. Blended with yoghurt and dusted with seasoning, it is surprisingly creamy and filling. Go piquant or go home!

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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.

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

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

TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.32 PM IST

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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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. 

The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…