Mangoes are known to be “The King of Fruits” and are loved by all and sundry. Alphonso mango is also a well-known variety of mango. This mango was named after Afonso de Albuquerque, he always bring this mango on his journey to Goa. Alfonso is a superlative mango but is quiet costly and is a seasonal mango. Once it ripens, it has a substantial shelf life of a week after that it is exportable.
Pakistan is a very good producer of this mango. These are mostly cultivated in cities like Multan, Sahiwal and Sindh, Pakistan. Alphonso mango is most excellent in terms of sweetness, flavor and richness. It weighs between 150g to 300g each and considered to be most expensive kind of mango. The Devgad Alphonso is also amongst the most costly sub-breeds of Alphonso. It season starts from end of March and goes till May, so it is considered that it have a short season of just two months.
This type of mango does not grow out of a seed, so if the seed of the mango is planted after eaten it will grow a mango tree but will produce a mango of different kind. Mango journey actually begins from a small twig that is cut out from the mother plant and then it is grafted on a stem that is grown from a mango seed of a sturdy variety. At times one twig is planted with a combination of two stems from two seeds and then planted into a plastic bag and put under serious care subsequently for four years. Then after the fourth year the little tree is planted in the copse and then in the ninth year it starts producing good fruits because of excellent care provided to the plant its fruits hang between 0 to 20 feet from the ground.
These mangoes contains excellent nutritional value as they are rich with fiber, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, Vitamin A, thiamine, beta-carotene, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, folate, iron, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and potassium in unpredictable amount. It can be dish up as a sweet dish in many events. Many people enjoys this exceptional fruit by cutting into cubes or cutting it into slices or it can be enjoyed as an energetic drink which can be made simply at home or is easily accessible in many juice corners. So mango lovers if their summers going on then do enjoy this exclusive variety of mango that exist in our country.