What are the words or emotions that come to mind when you hear the word mango?
Childhood memories of climbing mango trees? Drooling? Juicy & yummyyyy? Pure Bliss?
Mangoes bring out a range of emotions in us Indians – from happiness, ecstasy to even complete obsession. By no means can we ignore this gorgeous fruit! A rockstar fruit of, mangoes are second to none, be it our fixation with Bollywood or our obsession with cricket or our love for chaat paapri! Among the hundreds of varieties that are grown in India, Kesar mango is the drooly, creamy and sweet as a candy variety.
Being a seasonal fruit, mango mania takes over in summers when a horde of its varieties flood our markets. Luscious and ‘droolicious’, each variety is unique in taste and texture. It is a time for celebrations and indulgences. Like connoisseurs, people take extreme delight in tasting the various types of mangoes and guessing their unique names and the regions each came from.
Creative uses of mango in the food
Mango is a versatile fruit and we can use it innovatively in all kinds of foods, both sweet and savoury. Summertime sees restaurants creating special ‘mango-themed’ menus to delight its customers. From ice creams, shakes, halwas and cakes to pickles, curries, chutneys and salads, we celebrate mangoes, in all their glory, in our homes.
Climate and soil required for proper cultivation of mango
Hailed as the national fruit of our country, mango has been around for over 5,000 years and finds mention in our ancient Sanskrit texts as well. A tropical plant, it grows best in low rainfall. Also, it requires low humidity at the time of flowering and warm to hot temperatures during fruiting. Mango can be grown on a variety of soils and thrives in deep, well-drained soil that is a little acidic.
Health benefits of mango
Mango is popular not just for its taste but also packs a punch when it comes to health and nutrition. All its varieties are rich in antioxidants and are an excellent source of vitamins A and C as well as fibre. Vitamin A helps in improving the quality of our skin and hair. Moreover, vitamin A also ensures healthier vision and bone strength. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps it fight against infections. Mangoes are also rich in potassium which helps in reducing the risk of high blood pressure. Furthermore, being rich in antioxidants, they also fight cancer. Last, but not least, the high fibre content in mangoes helps ease constipation and strengthens the digestive system.
Kesar Mango: characteristics, taste, region and uses
Kesar mango is one of the most popular and mouth-watering varieties of mangoes grown in our country. Also known as the queen of mangoes, it is cultivated in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Kesar mango entices us with its natural saffron golden glow and its heady flavour. When fully ripened, this high-quality variety of mango is bursting with juices and its yellow-orange flesh is super creamy and soft. Kesar mango is also much in demand because of its good shelf life, beautiful colour and taste of sweet mango pulp. The pulp is very useful in making juices, nectar, jams, squashes, jams, concentrates, shakes, smoothies, halwa and cakes. The list is endless.
The longing for mangoes goes beyond its season and to satisfy those cravings, Kesar mango pulp, made from best quality Kesar mangoes is readily available in the market.
Sweet like honey, with smooth skin that is a mesmerising golden yellow with green overtones, Kesar is any mango lover’s dream come true.