Interesting Stories Behind Mango Names
Mango, commonly known as ‘aam’, originated in Eastern India 5000 years ago. This much-loved fruit is called ‘aamra phalam’ in Sanskrit and ‘aam phal’ in Hindi. With time, the fruit gained popularity and it migrated to South India, where Tamil was the most prominent language. ‘Fruit’ in Tamil is called ‘kay’, giving this juicy seasonal delight a new name, ‘aamkay’. ‘Aamkay’ gradually became ‘maamkaay’, then ‘maangai’, and finally ‘maanga’, thanks to transposition of pronunciation. When the Portuguese visited India, they came across this delightful treat and wrote about it in several letters. Since most Portuguese words end with ‘o’, ‘maanga’ was misinterpreted as ‘mango’ by the British. Soon this new word found its way in English vocabulary. Fascinating! Isn’t it?
There are more such interesting stories behind the names of different mango varieties. This blog will list a few for you.
The sweet taste and unique fragrance of the king of mangoes can have a mouth-watering effect on any soul. However, do you know the history behind its name? This super luxury food is named after a Portuguese general, ‘Alphonso de Albuquerque’ who had a big role to play in establishing Portuguese colonies in India.
This special mango variety first appeared in the gardens of the Nawab of Lucknow around a village called ‘Dasheri’. The citizens of the village still claim to have the mother tree of this fine breed.
Sher Shah Suri celebrated his victory in the battle of Chausa (near modern-day Patna) by starting a new breed of mangoes. He named the mango ‘Chausa’, which later gained popularity in different parts of the country.
Who doesn’t love to suck the juicy pulp from a naturally-ripened langra? But, do you know the story behind its name? It is said that a ‘langra’ (lame) man harvested this variety for the first time near Varanasi, accounting for the name.
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