India Matters – International Mango Festival

This section addresses relevant issues and facts about different parts of India through the 6Ws and 1H question answer format.

International Mango Festival:

Where is it held?
Why is it important?
What are the highlights of the festival?
When is ‘Mango season’?
Which are the most popular mango varieties?
Who is the ‘Mango Man’?
Where is it held?
Mangos are eagerly awaited each year in India. Many States celebrate this fruit by holding ‘Mango Fests’ at the local level. The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, in association with organizations like the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority and the National Horticultural Board, organizes an annual International Mango Festival in July. The first one was in 1987. The 2019 edition will take place on July 9th and 10th at Dilli Haat.
Why is it important?
It is a venue for agriculturists and industrialists to present their products. These include not only mangoes themselves, but also jams, juices, preserves and pickles. The festival gives an opportunity for buyers from various parts of the country and also from abroad to see what is available, and place orders.
What are the highlights of the festival?
The festival features over 1000 varieties of mangoes! And you can taste them for free! There are also many fun events, like mango eating competitions, cooking demonstrations, quizzes, and even folk-art shows based on the mango. It all contributes to creating awareness about this wonderful fruit.
When is ‘Mango season’?
March is the beginning of ‘Mango Time’ in India. And the season goes on till June-July. Various varieties, which are specialties of different regions of India, come into season at different times during this period.
Which are the most popular mango varieties?
There are hundreds of mango varieties in India. Here are some of the most popular ones: Langda, Dashehari, Chausa, Bombay Green and Faziri come from North India. Some of these are also found in the eastern part of the country. The Totapuri, Neelam, Suvarnarekha, Malgoa and Rumani are popular varieties from the south. The Alphonso, Kesar and Vanraj are grown in Western India. Hybrid mangoes like the Amrapali and Mallika are also well loved.
Who is the ‘Mango Man’?
Kaleemullah Khan’s mango orchard in Uttar Pradesh is unlike any other, because he has been experimenting with the fruit for decades now. On one tree, he has grafted more than 300 varieties of mangoes! Yes, you can get that many types of mangoes from that tree alone! One hybrid he created and named Anarkali is a two-in-one. It has two layers of skin and flesh, each with a separate flavor! No wonder he’s known as the ‘Mango Man’. The Government of India has honoured him with a Padmashri Award.
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