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DEBATE : Is Alphonso really the king of mangoes?


 The age old debate continues. 

India Loves Alphonso. Kesar and Totopuri mangoes. 

Pakistan Loves Sindhri and Chaunsa. 

Philippines swears by Carabao. 

Thailand Loves Nam Dok Mai. 

Mexico loves their Manila (Offspring of Carabao) 

Which is the a matter of Passion and taste.

Alphonso Mangoes. Getty Images

July 12, 2015 Updated: July 12, 2015 03:10 PM


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No mango can claim more passionate devotees than the Alphonso. Considered the most superior variety of the fruit in terms of sweetness, richness and flavour, it is India’s most exported variety, with 60 percent bound for the Middle East.

The Alphonso is believed to have been named after Afonso de Albuquerque, a nobleman and military expert who helped establish Portuguese colonies in India. 

Grown most famously in the Ratnagiri region of Maharashtra, along the Konkan belt, it is also found along the western parts of Gujarat and Karnataka, and is usually available from the end of March until the end of May, or when the monsoons arrive. 

The fruit is famous for its thin skin, sweet aroma and rich saffron-coloured flesh. The Alphonso is also praised for its versatility in recipes as it can be used in both savoury dishes and desserts.

French chef François Leo, executive pastry chef at the Rosewood Hotel in Abu Dhabi, uses the mangoes in two of his signature desserts: the So Fresh Cheesecake and the Passionata Donatella.

“I love mangoes and one of my favourites is the Indian Alphonso mango,”  says Leo.

 “I choose it because, when the product comes, I am always satisfied with the quality compared with others, which can turn out to be sour and not ripe at all.”

Sous chef Paul Richard at Dubai’s Markette agrees that the Alphonso rules.

“Alphonso is my favourite, too, like most chefs, because it has all the quality that a chef needs for his dish, such as taste, colour and texture, plus it yields more flesh.”

Vishal Rane, head chef at La Porte des Indes in Dubai, says he spent his childhood picking and eating Alphonso mangoes.

“Alphonso mangoes have a lot going in their favour,” he says. 

“You won’t find a variety that comes anywhere close to it. When in season, I ensure that I make the most out of it.”

But are Alphonsos really the best variety of the fruit?

 For Australian Andrew Morrow, corporate executive chef at Leopold’s of London, it is all about preference.

“I prefer Thai mangoes,” he says.

“They have smaller seeds and much more flesh-to-seed ­ratio plus they are sweeter and of high[er] quality.”

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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…

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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.

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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. 

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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