Alphonso Aam, also known as Hapus or Hapuz, is a renowned subtype of mangoes with a unique aroma, creamy pulp, and deep flavor. It is the King of mangoes.
Of all the varieties of Indian mangoes, Alphonso is loved the most because it wins in terms of sweetness, aroma, and color.
It has a bright golden yellow color, rich creamy and tender texture, and an enticing aroma that's second to none!
The best of this subtype is grown in the Ratnagiri and Devgad districts of Maharashtra.
The 200 km west line of the Indian coast between Goa and Mumbai (also known as the Konkan region) has suitable soil and climate conditions conducive to ripe alphonso mango production.
The subtype that grows in Devgad and Ratnagiri is unique because it has thin skin and thick pulp. Thus, you get more pulp from this variant than others.
Alphonso Aam GI Tag
Some places are famous for certain goods, foods, or crafts. For example, Kolkata is famous for Roshogulla.
These regions are famous best they produce the best quality of a specific product. Such products are awarded a Geographical Indication or GI tag.
This tag gives intellectual rights to the producers or farmers of that specific region. Thus, a GI tag is a sign of quality.
You can blindly buy products with a GI tag with no worry because it will always be of the utmost quality.
This tag also certifies the origin of the products. It shows that the product is from the place that makes the best of its kind.
One such product is the Alphonso aam from Maharashtra. Sindhudurga (Devgad), Ratnagiri, Raigad, Palghar, and Thane are the five Maharashtrian districts that have earned this GI tag.
These are the areas that grow the best quality of this delicious fruit.
Ratnagiri and Devgad Alphonso Aam is sometimes referred to as "King of Kings."
Ratnagiri Alphonso Aam is available at the start of the season, and Devgad Hapus is available at the end of the season.
Fibreless, sweet, and a delicious aroma - Hapus is packed with everything you cannot resist.
Several other states across India and many countries have tried growing this with varying degrees of success. However, Hapus is extremely sensitive to weather.
A legend suggests that it has a King's temper, which is why it is the King of Kings.
This variant's first blossoms are in February, and the fruits are available from April end to early June.
This fruit is a treat not just for your taste buds but also for your health. This fruit is packed is many health benefits.
- Improves gut health and digestion. The fruit contains digestive fibers that help relieve constipation and aid digestion.
- Makes your bone stronger. The fruit is packed with calcium, which increases the density of your bones and strengthens your bones.
- Keeps cancer at bay. This fruit contains antioxidants, which are a necessary cleanser to keep cancer at bay.
- It contains minerals such as selenium that adds radiance to your skin.
Storage of Aam
We ship our mangoes in a semi-matured condition. It helps in avoiding travel-related injuries.
We advise you to leave the mangoes in the hay and let the mangoes ripen slowly for 4 - 6 days.
Remember, do not wash your mangoes. Washing mangoes leads to disturbances in the ripening process.
Wash Mangoes only when they are ripe, and you are cutting the mango for eating.
Peel your mangoes only after they are ripe.
To check if your mangoes are fully ripe, glance over the top of the fruit. An aromatic fragrance spreads across the top once the fruit is ripened.
People often mistake color to be a determinant of ripeness. The aroma is a better indicator of ripeness.
If your aam turns the entire room aromatic, it has ripened.
The rise of e-commerce has awakened a sleeping demon: online fraud. Many websites cheat their customers by selling other variants in the name of Alphonso.
Many don't abide by the "naturally grown" tag. Some sellers use carbide, a chemical, to ripen mangoes.
Many charge you but don't deliver the goods.
There are several ways you can optimize your shopping experience, especially shopping mangoes online.
- Buy from a trusted website.
- Read the product information, return policy, terms, and conditions carefully.
- Read and research the traders or sellers of the website's source.
- If you're buying from a website for the first time, opt for a cash-on-delivery payment mode.
- Read reviews. Ask your friends or family members for their feedback before purchasing.
Alphonso is a fruit that you can not and must not miss. Enjoy it before the season ends.