The frequency of my occasional visit to the refrigerator seems to have increased. Just a moment ago I took the 12 calculated steps to the kitchen and had the strange Pavlovian urge to lick my lips. As my outstretched hands opened the door of my frost-free my eyes grew bigger and saliva dropped from the corner of my open mouth. All this at the sight of gold.... golden mangoes. Momentarily the searing heat, the 75% humidity, the sweat, did not matter. All that mattered was the luscious explosive flavour of India's favourite summer fruit - the mango.

Mangoes... Summer is near.
[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.

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Wild Reeds said...


Anonymous said...

'Mangifera indica L 'should be italics!

Caitlin said...

Akshay, you're so talented.

blur said...

just cause im not gonna eat mangoes like the ones in pictures above doesnt mean that you have to rub it in!!!!

been a while since i came here.

modjo said...

great blogs....


Viewer said...

Yum Yum Yummy !

livinghigh said...

my only comment: YUMMY!
*smacks lips*
though, i prefer to be dainty and prefer thin cubes mixed with condensed milk or cream or ice cream. hehehe. with all de dessert, i wont remain dainty for too long, though!

Anonymous said...

You are good

psb2006 said...

Cool shots! I Love mangoes..Mangoes RULE !!!

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Rushi said...

you're pretty much my favorite.

raul said...

you are making me hungry

Farrukh: copywriter & journalist said...

The mangoes have started coming. I love what we call the 'bambayya' mangoes. And the 'langdas' too.

Lucky you!


Vidya said...

I WANT TO EAT MANGOES .. :o( Here in singapore Mangoes are so costly ..waiting to go back to India to eat mangoes.

wake said...

the mangoes do look yummy but i'd also like to say that ive been reading ur blog for some time now and i think it really is brilliant in every sense of the word
good work