Mango, the reigning emperor of fruits, is available in many varieties in the Indian market. From Dussehri in Uttar Pradesh, Kesar in Gujarat to Imam Pasand in the South, mangoes are an inseparable part of the Indian culinary palate.
The one type that has struck a chord with almost everyone in India and globally is the alphonso mango. Also known as the hapus mango, Alphonso is the specialty of the Konkan coast of Maharashtra.
Alphonso mango was brought to India by a Portuguese military expert, Alfonso de Albuquerque.
The Portuguese were also the ones who brought the art of grafting to India that eventually led to the grafting of mango sapling.
Today, hapus mango is grown all across Konkan. The climate, volcanic soil, and topography of Konkan facilitate the cultivation and add to Alphonso mangoes' flavor.
However, two regions: Devgad and Ratnagiri, grow unique variants of the hapus mango. These variants have a unique flavour, aroma, and texture.
Devgad is a tiny taluka comprising 98 villages and mango orchids that span over 45,000 hectares of land.
It boasts a small harbor, a beach, a lighthouse, and a fort. However, this tiny taluka produces export-grade Alphonso mangoes.
Devgad produces a unique variant of the hapus mango, which has earned international fame.
What makes Devgad alphonso mango unique is its medium size, an attractive yellow-orange color, thin skin, and a thick pulp.
It has a skin that is much thinner than other kinds of Alphonso mangoes. This thin skin ensures that the fruit yields more of that rich, creamy, and sweet goodness!
Best mango? Devgad hapus mango!
It is the purest and finest quality naturally grown mango in the market.
Devgad mangoes are not just naturally grown, but also naturally ripened. There's a rise in the number of sellers ripening mangoes using artificial means of carbide.
Devgad mango, however, is a 100% naturally ripened, carbide-free mango.
Their superior quality has earned them a GI tag: Geographical Indication tag. A GI tag is a hallmark of authenticity and quality of a product produced in a particular region.
A GI tag also grants the sellers of a particular geographical region, intellectual rights of the product.
This GI tag has facilitated the establishment and growth of the Devgad Taluka Amba Utpadak Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit.
It is the largest and oldest co-operative society of mango cultivators in India. It assures the maintenance of the quality of the mangoes produced.
The society has been exporting excellent quality Devgad mangoes for more than 25 years. It also sources many businesses selling mango online as well as offline.
We, at alphonsomangoes.in, are proud and privileged to source our mangoes from them.
Devgad mangoes are mangoes par excellence. No wonder they've made it to the 'Top 100 foods to be eaten before dying' list.