As The Mango Flowers Bloom In India

Jyotsna Kaur Habibullah at her home, Habibullah Estate in Lucknow
A hand weaver in Saidanpur, India
Dastan goi or qissa goi with Himanshu at Waaris Manzil, Saidanpur, Barabanki, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Shahid Iqbal Abbasi, owner of orchard at Kakori, Uttar Pradesh,
Where the mangoes are the sweetest, India
All About Mangoes
  • Mango (Mangifera indica L.), belonging to family Anacardiaceae, is called the king of fruits.
  • Mango has been cultivated in southern Asia for nearly 6,000years.
  • India ranks first among world’s mango producing countries, accounting for about 52% of the world’s mango production. Other major mango producing countries include China, Thailand, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, Nigeria and Egypt.
  • Major mango producing states are Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Other states where mangoes are grown include Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana, Punjab.
  • Mango can be propagated from seed or propagated vegetatively. Planting is usually done in the month of July-August in rainfed areas and during February-March in irrigated areas.
  • Mango is well adapted to tropical and sub-tropical climates.
  • Dry weather before blossoming is conducive to profuse flowering. Rain during flowering is detrimental but rain during fruit development is good.
  • The orchard starts bearing from sixth year onwards and the economic life of a mango tree exceeds 35 years.
  • It is a rich source of vitamin A and C.
  • Mango has fattening, diuretic and laxative properties. It helps to increase digestive capacity.
  • Raw fruits of local varieties are used for preparing products such as raw slices in brine, amchur, pickle, murabba, chutney, panhe (sharabat).
  • The wood is used as timber, and dried twigs are used for religious purposes. The mango kernel also contains about 8–10% good quality fat which can be used for saponification. Its starch is used in confectionery industry.
  • A lion’s share of Indian mango goes to the Gulf countries. Efforts are being made to exploit European, American and Asian markets.



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