[Mother and son duo, arrange the seasons first set of Mangoes]
It may astonish you to know that the mango, Mangifera indica L., India's most celebrated of fruits, is a member of the family Anacardiaceae-notorious for embracing a number of highly poisonous plants. All the same the fruit that has its name, Aam, derived from the Sanskrit word meaning "of the people" lives up to its name and is truly the "aam aadmi ka phal" (forgive the pun - translates to "common man's fruit).
Be it 'Bombay Yellow' ('Bombai'), 'Malda' ('Bombay Green'), 'Pairi', Safdar Pasand','Suvarnarekha' , 'Langra', 'Rajapuri', 'Alphonso', 'Bangalora', 'Dusehri', 'Gulab Khas' , 'Fazli' ,'Safeda Luck now' and 'Banganapalli', you will find all these mango varieties in Mumbai at some time or the other during the season.
Mumbai is often the first urban stop of the mango so I decided to pay a visit to Crawford Market to welcome the first crop of mangoes this summer season has brought us .
Here are some pictures
[Fresh mangoes, fresh from Ratnagiri Maharashtra.]
[A Restaurant tempts possible customers with cold Aamras. Aamras is mango pulp usually consumed with meals]
[Sorry these are not Mangoes but Pomegranates. I'm told their great anti-oxidents and help prevent heart disease]
If you are reading this post in the States these golden beauties are coming to a grocery store near you, courtesy Mr. Bush and his Nukes for Mangoes deal.
I will take your leave now, as I make another visit to the fridge.