The Start To The Annual Mango Season.


Courtesy Pradeep, I had my first Aapoos mango today for lunch.

Aapoos is Konkani for what the West knows as Alphonso mangoes. The portugese felt more comfortable with a Portugese sounding name for it rather than the Indian one and the Indians promptly Indianised the name.

I will now have mangoes every day till the season gets over by July or so. While the season at Pune starts with Aapoos, it ends with the South Indian varieties that come in during our monsoon months. We on the Western side of the country are blessed that our season starts with the best of the wide variety that will become available as the spring and summer dove tail into the monsoon.

This year we are doubly lucky because prices have fallen compared to last year.

22 thoughts on “The Start To The Annual Mango Season.”

  1. Lucky you ! “Aapoos” is rightly crowned “King of fruits” ! Priya posted her “first cut” on FB just a few minutes ago ! If there was a “LOVE” button I would have clicked it .

  2. Man, those things look so good but taste not at all good imo. You are so lucky to enjoy their flavor. They taste a bit like gasoline to me :(. Mangoes and cilantro (the leaves of coriander) are completely inedible.

    It’s not because they’re bad. It’s just some genetic thing. Praise your favorite God that you don’t have the same flawed DNA that I do.

    1. Kevin, it is probably because you have not had the fresh ones coming off the trees that we get here. What you get over there are refrigerated and / or matured early and so on.

  3. Hello Rummy,

    It seems like Pune is the Mango paradise (I will let my mother know).
    I am not much of a fan although I was born in a Mango land as well. So, the Portuguese had a name for a certain quality of mango; I did not know that…if they came up with similar names in Africa, no one used them (but I will have to confirm it).

    Enjoy your mango season :D.

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