Pakistan is blessed with all four seasons. Oh… not 4 but 5 seasons. The 5th season is a bit special one, close to the hearts of many. The season in which we get to enjoy the sweetness and juiciness of life. We think the answer is obvious and needs no suspense. It is the season of mango. While most people don’t welcome summers with much enthusiasm because of the hot weather and load shedding, they still have high hopes that this summer would be great. Mango ignites this hope in the hearts of Pakistanis. Once again we all are ready to welcome the Mango season in Pakistan.
When it comes to mango it’s important to mention here that the country secures 5th position as mango manufacturer and is the 3rd largest exporter of mango in the world. In international market, high demands are there for the mangoes manufactured in Pakistan. The country’s soil is known for good and viable climatic conditions for manufacturing and market supply of quality mangoes.
Something that has remained uncontested for centuries i.e. Mango is the ‘KING’ of all fruits. If anyone says otherwise know that it’s next to impossible to refute a fact. Mango blesses us with its presence from June till August. The time of the year when a master chef is awaken in all Pakistani households. The one who tries every old and new recipe with mango being the main ingredient.
Types of Mango
The king of fruits provides its lovers with variety of tastes. Yes, mango has its own family with different taste, size, and even smell but believe us….. all are just delicious.
Some of the types are:
This type of mango tops the list. Chaunsa grows in areas of Rahim Yar Khan and Multan. The growing season of this mango is from June till August but it keeps us company till September. Not only Pakistanis but the whole world just love this sweet mango with low fibre and juicy soft flesh.
This kind is especially famous in Sindh. It grows in the months from June till July. These oval shaped large mangoes are grown in areas of Mirpur Khas. In Sindh many meals and eateries are prepared with Sindhri. It is also used in the production of the famous ‘mango pickle’.
This type originates from the Varanasi, India. In Pakistan, it is cultivated in the areas of South Punjab. The story behind its name is still not known but according to some tales the person who first grew this mango was differently abled. This mango which is yellowish-brown in color, is naturally very sweet and sugary and is available in markets from mid of July till August.
Another type of mango is Dussehri. It originates from India but is also cultivated in Pakistan and Nepal. It has a peach colored flesh, with no fibre and sweet aroma. Dussehri contains vitamin C and enzymes that are good for digestion.
There are many other types of mango available and each has its own benefits with the sweet taste that just makes your day delightful in no time.