Summer’s here and we all know what that means; Aam! Pakistanis love mangoes and as the heat takes over, the only solace we have is that this season brings along with it the lush yellow king of fruits loaded at every thaila you see!
Want to know a yummy fact? There are over 50 types of mangoes around the world and Pakistan has over 10 varieties available right here! Here are the ones we have:
This mango was named after Afonso de Albuquerque. This type of mango doesn’t grow out of a seed. If you plant the seeds it will grow in to a mango tree of a different breed. So, this mango is planted through artificial propagation. It is a mid-season variety and is harvested in July.
2. Sammar Bahisht
Sammar bahisht literally means ‘fruit of paradise’ in Urdu. It earned its name because of its pleasurable taste. It’s cultivated in parts of Sindh and exported all over the world. It hits the thailas in July and stays till August.
3. Fajri Kalan
It originated in Bihar and is named after the lady who selected and brought up the trees. The skin is pale and the pulp is fibreless. This fruit comes around in August.
It originated as the choicest seedling in a village called Chaunsa in the Malihabad Tehsil of Lucknow. It is also known as “Kajri” or “Khajri”. There is a resemblance between the foliage of Fajri and this variety but there are marked differences in the fruit shape and quality. The ripening season for it is August.
5. Anwar Rataul
It originates from “Shohra-e-Afaq” Garden in Rataul, a village situated in the Khekra Mandal of Baghpat District in Uttar Pradesh, India. It grows in parts of Punjab and its ripening season is July.
This is another cultivar that was named after the city in India called ‘Baganapalle’ but known as banganpali in Pakistan. These mangoes are a popular variety of Sindh and are large sized, weighing on an average 350-400 grams. The pulp is fibreless, firm and yellow with sweet taste. These are probably the juiciest ones I have tried!
Just by the looks of it you can tell this mango is different. Not only is this mango a slight reddish and yellow in colour but is purple when it’s raw! Hence the name neelam!
This variety of mango is a result of chance seedling near Benares. Which means it wasn’t intended to produce this variety but did – kind of by accident. Nonetheless, we’re glad it happened. This variety comes in near the second or third week of July.
9. Aman Dusehri
Another chance seedling case. It derives its name from a village between Lucknow and Malihabad where it was originated as a superior chance seedling. This fruit comes in the month of July.
Last, but definitely not the least is the famous Sindhri. This fruit is a specialty of Sindh which is where it gets its name, ‘Sindhri‘. Also, this is a heavy yielder so it comes in early season.