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The Secret Behind Your Craving For Kesar Mango Just Got Revealed

by SaleBhai Team - 03-May-2017 - #AamBaat

Do you like the exotic fragrance and colour of saffron? This luxury spice has mesmerised people all over the world with the unique flavour it imparts to any dish. With summer about to go full throttle, it is officially time for three things – mangoes, mangoes, and more mangoes. What if you could combine the goodness of both – mango and saffron? Impossible? Well, nature made it possible with authentic Kesar mangoes. 

 

What makes Kesar mangoes so special?

 

Authentic Kesar mango

The bright orange pulp and the exquisite taste as well as aroma make Gir Kesar one of the most popular mango varieties in the world. Grown in the foothills of Girnar in Gujarat, this unique fruit can be enjoyed as it is or for making juice, nectar, jams, squash, and other related treats. With the prestigious GI tag, Gir Kesar has seen an exponential growth in demand across the world. It also happens to be the second variety of mango that enjoys the tag after Dussheri.

 

Want a special summer recipe involving Kesar mangoes? Watch the following video by Sruthi’s Kitchen.

 

The Geographical Indication (GI) tag  

 

How to apply for GI tag?

The special fruit was granted the GI tag in 2011 by the Geographical Indication Registry after Junagadh Agricultural University applied for the same in 2010. Junagadh Agriculture University (JAU) Vice-Chancellor, Mr N.C. Patel, told PTI, “GI registration will help the farmers of Junagadh and Amreli district immensely. From now onwards, no other Kesar mango variety, grown in other parts of Gujarat like Kutch and Valsad can be sold as ‘Gir Kesar’ mango.”

 

He also added, “As per the GI laws, if anyone, apart from Junagadh and Amreli farmers, are found selling Kesar mango as Gir Kesar, then they could be put behind bars for 1-2 years and a fine of more than Rs 50,000 could be imposed as penalty”.

 

JAU official also welcomed this move and said, “After the GI registration, mango growers in 18 talukas of Junagadh and Amreli districts, located on the periphery of the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, will be able to reap the benefits of the added value attached to their produce. Nearly 20,000 hectares of area is under mango cultivation in both these districts and close to two lakh tonnes of production per annum is estimated”.

 

Want to buy authentic Kesar mango from Junagadh? Click here.

 

The strange coincidence in the history of Kesar mango

 

Fresh Kesar mango

This history, unlike most, is not only interesting but fascinating too. Do you know the name of the person who first grew Kesar mangoes? It is said that Sale Bhai, the Wazir of Junagadh grew this variety for the first time in 1931. 75 grafts were planted in the foothills of Girnar near Junagadh. Nawab Muhammad Mahabar Khan III called the mango Kesar, thanks to its orange pulp. After 86 years, it is again SaleBhai who offers you the freshest Kesar mangoes sourced directly from Janagadh. Fascinating, isn’t it? You know what to say next time someone asks you what’s in a name?  

 

The healthy side of the deal

 

Health benefits of Kesar mango

Also known as the Queen of mangoes, Kesar is characterised by its sweet taste and bright-orange colour. This popular fruit usually comes in medium sizes and oblong shape. Popular among all ages, this is one of the most sought-after mango varieties of the world. As an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre, Kesar mango comes as the perfect combination of health and taste.

 

Health benefits

  • It contains vitamin A which in turn promotes better eyesight and bone development, making it a must-have for children and the elderly.
  • Vitamin C in Kesar boosts general immunity of the body.
  • As a rich source of potassium, it helps to keep blood pressure under check.
  • It contains loads of antioxidants, making it a potent weapon for cancer prevention.
  • The high iron content makes the fruit perfect for pregnant women and people suffering from anaemia.
  • It is also known for improving the digestive system.
  • It is the tastiest natural weapon against dehydration and sweating.
  • The rich content of vitamin E helps to improve sexual health.
  • It is also excellent for hair and skin.
  • It fights asthma, fever, and constipation.
  • Kesar can cure a wide range of kidney-related problems including nephritis.

 

Have it in style

How many ways can you think of having a farm-fresh Kesar mango? As a matter of fact, you can give your creativity a full go-ahead in this regard.

 

The usual way

 

Kesar mango pieces

Peel the skin and cut the mango into small pieces. Have a bowl of such pieces ready when you sit in front of your television for the live broadcast of the IPL matches. The only problem with this is that you will need to get up often to refill your bowl. 

 

Suck it

 

Woman enjoying a Kesar mango

This method is usually the preferred one for kids but is not the most appropriate when it comes to maintaining table manners. You will need to wash the fruit and tear a small area of the skin towards the bottom. Now rub the fruit with both your hands and suck the juice out through the open portion. If you are with your family and formality is not mandatory, you may want to give this a try for some extra fun.

 

Shake that Kesar

 

Mango shake

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Summer takes a lot of fluid out of the body and you may want to enjoy this special treat in its liquid form. Make a mango shake at home and experience a heavenly delight with supreme taste and flavour. If you want a detailed recipe of mango-based treats, click here.

 

Add some ice cream

Kesar mango ice cream

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Summer is all about mangoes and ice creams. How about mixing them both? Place some Kesar mango pieces in a small bowl and add a scoop of your favourite ice cream. Now all that is left is to explore the combined goodness of the two summer-special delights.

 

As a salad

 

Kesar mango salad

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If you are health conscious, salad is definitely an important part of your regular diet. Add authentic Kesar mango to your daily salad and enjoy the wide range of associated health benefits.

 

Author’s take

Kesar is one of the top mango varieties that have demand in the international market. From the exotic look to the sweet taste, everything about this mango has a touch of uniqueness. Getting hold of original Gir Kesar mango from Junagadh was difficult when consumers had to solely depend on local shops and marketplaces. However, with the emergence of e-commerce platforms such as SaleBhai, buyers from all parts of the globe can now order as much as their heart desires without having to worry about authenticity, quality, and freshness. Make your summer more interesting by bringing the Queen of mangoes home.

 

Summary

Summer is the official time for delicious mangoes and very few varieties can beat the Kesar when it comes to taste and aroma. Make the most of the warmer months with this exquisite gift of nature. With a bright-orange pulp and sweet taste, Kesar mango is sure to soothe your soul while pampering your taste buds. With a wide range of health benefits, it is an absolute must-have for all individuals.

 

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