Alphonso ‘The King of Mangoes’ is additionally referred to Alfonso, Hapoos, Hapus, Aapus, Happus in the different regions. Interestingly, the fruit is named after the Portuguese viceroy general and militarian Alfonso De Albuquerque, who established the colonies of the Portuguese in India. It is said that he introduced this varietiy of Alphonso mangoes in Konkan and Goa through grafting techniques.
What is the Story Behind Alphonso Mango?
An article published by legendary agriculture scientist Dr. YL Nene mentions the origin of Alphonso mangoes. Earlier people of India used to prefer ‘sucking’ type of mangoes with soft pulp. But Alfonso De Albuquerque liked the mangoes that were very firm and could be eaten without squeezing. In 16th Century, locals began experimenting and grafting (the act of joining one or more parts of plants) mango plants in Goa. Later, these techniques and strategies of cultivating Alphonso extended to other areas like Ratnagiri and Karwar. To date, Alphonso from Devgad(Old Ratnagiri) , Ratnagiri on scenic coastal Konkan region of the Indian state of Maharashtra, is considered to be one of the best quality.
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How did Alphonso Gain Popularity?
The Alphonso mangoes are not only popular in the domestic market but also in the international market. They are known for their pleasant fragrance, taste, shape, and vibrant color. In 2018, a geographical indication (GI) tag was granted to the Alphonso mango from Konkan belt of Maharashtra. It is now exported worldwide including, Japan, Korea, and Europe.
What is the Ideal Season of These Mangoes?
The Alphonso mango season starts from the early March and lasts till the first week of June. The fruit is medium in size, soft, firm, fibreless and average weight is around 250 grams. The ideal temperature for Alphonso mango’s growth is between 24 to 27 degrees Celsius, with approximately 2500 mm rainfall, and requires a sufficient amount of sunlight.
How to cut and prepare an Alphonso mango?
Cutting mango is not at all challenging. However, if you want to enjoy the mango without missing a chunk of it, then follow the below-mentioned steps.
Step 1: Choose a ripe yellow mango that is soft and firm. When you gently squeeze the skin of mango, it should leave an indentation of your thumb. If the indentation is deep, that means the mango is overripe.
Step 2: Remove the skin around the stalk and Hold the mango horizontally and cut a thin cross-sections from both ends.
Step 3: Now, turn the mango vertically and cut the slice following the stone on both sides. Try to cut a close to the seed as possible to get all the pulp.
Step 4: Cut a checkered pattern in the flesh without cutting through the skin.
Step 5: Turn the skin inside out to separate all the pieces of the fruit
Step 6: Scoop out the chunks of mango and dig in.
Tips to store mangoes:
Store freshly cut the ripe mango in an airtight container or bag and keep it in the refrigerator. It stays fresh for up to 4-5 days.
If yellow mangoes are getting overripe, then they can be put into refrigerator to extend their life by 3 to 4 days.
If you want to store the mangoes for a longer duration, then place the pieces of mango in parchment paper and place it in the freezer. After the fruits are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the freezer and prepare your favourite delicacies year around.
Aren’t these tips useful? Now try your favourite mango slices, smoothies or shakes any time of the year without waiting for the mango season.