The World Awaits The Arrival And Splendor Of The Much Loved Dasheri Mango
There is one thing that no one can take away from us – the impressive variety of mangoes produced in our country in abundance annually and our impartial love for each variety. Come summers, the fruit markets are bursting at the seams with luscious mangoes and other succulent delights such as watermelon, musk melons, lychees, and what not!
While Bihar takes pride in providing the world with the most mindblowing lychees, Uttar Pradesh cannot stop boasting about its overabundance of the most relished Dasheri mango.
The soothing April sun comes with a promise to make us happy, very happy with smooth and spotless safeda mangoes. This is followed by May’s pulpy entries – Himsagar, Alphonso, Neelam, and Pairi. Street vendors and other fruits stalls never looked so bright and beautiful before! Check out other famous varieties of mangoes in India here.
While we savour these beauties thoroughly, in our heart of hearts we all desperately wait for June, because that is when Dasheri aka Dussehri mangoes arrive. Greenish to yellowish in colour, soft and supple, and with a strong aroma and a distinct appeal, this variety is indeed the most sought after and cherished in India and beyond.
History of the favourite of all dasheri aam
Arguably, dasheri mango is one of the oldest varieties of mangoes in India – dating back to 18th century when they were grown in the garden of the Nawab of Lucknow. The oldest mango in Dussehri village close to Lucknow belonged to Nawab Ansar Miyan. The Nawab was so possessive about the tree that he actually appointed two guards to take care of it at all times and if need be left it only under the strict care of Jiledar Saajid Miyan. When the fruit-bearing season came, he would get a huge mesh built around the tree to protect the fruits from being stolen. When distributing the fruits among villagers, only seedless slices were handed out for the fear of being planted by more people. He wanted the complete ownership of that tree besides forbidding its reproduction by anyone else.
The Nawab was however tricked by a clever farmer from the neighbouring town of Malihabad, 30 kms away. In return for organizing a mujra for the nawab, he asked for a graft of the tree as a gift. He went and planted it in his town and the tree flourished. Both the original tree owned by the Nawab - considered to be the mother of all dussehri mango trees, and the one first planted in Malihabad by the cunning farmer still exist and bear fruit. Rumours also have it that the nawab ordered the hands of the farmer who had cut the draft to be chopped off.
Interestingly, the fruit from this tree still go to the descendants of the nawab who now reside in cities. It is looked after and cared for by the Yadavs of the village – a local family responsible for this tree and all the other orchards of the erstwhile nawab, loaned to them 25 years ago.
Now this world-famous range of mangoes is grown primarily and extensively in Malihabad. The town bagged the GI tag for its Dasheri mangoes in 2010.
Dasheri mango is also grown in Andhra Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh, however, undisputably remains the largest producer of the variety in the world with a mammoth stretch of 22,000 hectares solely dedicated to its orchards.
What makes it stand out from the rest
There is a reason why the world waits for the grand arrival of the Dasheri mango. You and I know it very well too. This ‘chusney wala aam’ is a complete show-stopper – a craze with young and old alike. Fresh, fragrant and fiberless these are perfect to be just pulled out of the fridge, unplugged from the top edge, and savoured cold and pulpy.
Road tripping to a faraway place and running short on snacks? Fret not; just buy a few kilos of Dasheri that need no knife to peel or slice them and no plate to serve them on. Just suck the juice out of it to fill your mouth with unbelievable freshness, taste, and an aroma that will linger long after you are done with it.
After all, even our fond childhood memories are filled with a bucketful of water and some ripe and juicy Dasheri mangoes waiting to be devoured one after the other. Keep pressing the body of the mango gently to loosen and soften its flesh within so that it comes in your mouth smoothly without any hindrance.
Awesome taste with amazing health benefits
So yes, there are some great health benefits attached with this darling fruit. Owing to its high fibre, minerals, and vitamin content, Dasheri has everything going for it.
Here are some of the top benefits of this delicious treat for kids as well adults:
- Relieves constipation
- Facilitates smooth digestion
- Good during pregnancy
- Good for eyes
- Improves memory
- Strengthens immunity
- Fights microbial infection
- Easily digestible
- Boosts immunity
- Cures acne
They are the primary source of income for people in the Malihabad belt and are famous for their extra sweet taste and super soft pulp. These are exported to Singapore, Hongkong, Philippines, Malaysia, South East Asia, Gulf countries, Europe, and some American countries too.
How to identify Dasheri mango
A good Dasheri mango is generally
- Yellowish greenish in colour
- Has a pleasant aroma
- Long and oval shaped
I must tell you – with a heavily salivating mouth – that I have often tried salad, gravy, shakes, and dessert recipes with Dasheri mango pulp and I must say its tastes heavenly in every form. You can try some of these dessert recipes with Dasheri aam too. Of course nothing beats having them right out of the fridge. Just kiss the beauty gently and it will bless you with all its lusciousness. Even though I had relished these famous delights every since I was a child, it was only after I actually visited Malihabad that I got an opportunity to pluck the glorious treat straight from the tree and relish it in all its grace and freshness. Well, those were times when thinking of ordering fresh dasheri mangoes online was not even imaginable. Today, you are lucky that you can order these delights and have them delivered freshly plucked from the gardens of Malihabad.
It is no surprise that the demand for this variety has been increasing manifold every year. 2016 recorded 50 lakhs tonnes of Dasheri mango production in Uttar Pradesh. No matter how hot it gets, do plan a visit to the state during the mango season and you will be thrilled by its unique taste and will know soon enough why it is the much awaited fruit of the year. And remember to let loose while enjoying this succulent delight. Let its juices roll down your sleeves and let your hands and mouth be full of this fruit.
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