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Mango Festival brings together rare varieties

Alphonso Mango

Kolkata: Lip-smacking varieties of juicy mangoes from all over West Bengal and other states are on display at a mango festival here.

Organised by the state food processing industries and Horticulture Department and The Indian Chamber of Commerce, the Bengal Mango Utsav has brought mango producers and sellers from all over the country on a single platform.

During the three-day mango fair, different types of mouth-watering Bengal mango varieties like Himsagar, Laxmanbhog, Langra and Fazli are being displayed and sold.

Suleman Sheikh, who owns 3 bighas of mango orchard in Murshidabad district, said the smaller varieties of the ‘king of fruit’ like Champ, Sarenga, Bhabani, Ranipasand, etc are rarely available in Kolkata.

“Mango lovers are trying out these varieties which they have never heard or tasted before. They are smaller in size but have a unique taste and scent,” he told PTI.

A single mango of these varieties weigh only 100 gms.

In contrast, the larger ones Mallika, Himan Pasand, etc weigh more than 700 gms each.

The famous Alphanso mango, which is grown in small pockets of Andhra Pradesh, also finds its way here in the fair.

Gadda Maar, on the other hand, is used mainly to make tasty pickles.

Going on at the Shahid Minar grounds here, the festival will end on Saturday.

State Food Processing Industries Minister Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury said they are organising such a festival for the first time in Kolkata.

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