Alphonso Mango in Satara
- What is the first thing to pop into your mind when I say summer? Is it vacation? Or the scorching heat? Is it ice creams? Or is it mango, the king of the fruit world?
- Our beloved mango or aam is available in many variants in India. From Dussehri in the north to Banganpalli in the south.
- But the best of this natural delicacy is found in Konkan. Alphonso or Hapus is considered the best of all mango variants.
- It has a delectable aroma, beautiful orange-yellow skin, and the richest and creamiest pulp. It is eaten as it is or used to make desserts.
- The Hapus season begins in March and lasts through May. With such a short season, Hapus has become one of the most sought-after summer products.
Alphonso: The Origin Story
- Did you know that this delicacy came from Portugal? A Portuguese military officer Alphonso de Albuquerque brought the Hapus mango to India.
- He also taught Indians the art of grafting plants. After grafting a few saplings, Mr. Albuquerque successfully grew what became one of the best mango variants.
- The taste, aroma, and flavor of Hapus aam are second to none. It is so unique that it has become a global favorite!
- The pulp of Hapus is orange-yellow. It is mostly fibreless and has a beautiful aroma.
Devgad and Ratnagiri Alphonso
- What makes or breaks an Alphonso is its taste, aroma, and flavor. The soil and the climate of the region in which an Alphonso is grown greatly impact these parameters.
- The Konkan region's volcanic soil, terrain, and topography enable it to produce the best quality Alphonso aam.
- Of the five districts spanning over 150,000 hectares producing this delicious fruit, Devgad and Ratnagiri stand out the most.
- These two regions produce premium quality fresh Alphonso mango. Ratnagiri Hapus is much juicier than other types of mangoes. It has a stronger aroma which easily fills the room.
- Devgad Hapus has thinner skin. Thus, you get more pulp in this variant. Also, this pulp is much thicker and more delicious.
- The superior quality of Devgad and Ratnagiri Hapus has awarded it a GI tag. A GI tag is a hallmark of quality. It grants intellectual rights to the producers of a specific region, growing the best quality of that product.
- But is it possible to get Hapus aam in a town as far as Satara? Definitely! A beautiful and quaint town like Satara can, should, and must be able to enjoy this delicious treat!
- Want to know how? Well, keep reading, and you'll know.
Buying mangoes: A Guide
- There are a few things that you need to remember when buying this delicious fruit.
- All that glitters isn't always gold: color isn't an adequate indicator of ripeness. Your fruit may look yellow on the outside but may not be ripe on the inside.
- Touch tells it all: touch is an excellent indicator of ripeness. If your aam is hard to touch, it is probably raw. A ripe aam feels soft to touch, and you can feel the tenderness of the flesh, just like that of a peach or a pear.
- Aroma to your rescue: ripe mangoes release a fruity fragrance around the stem. So, smell your aam before you eat it.