DHAR, India — Two orchardist brothers residing in Rajpura village in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have been growing over 50 varieties of mangoes, including the world’s heaviest mango, Amrapuri, and a variety from Florida’s Mexico called Sensation.
The fruit-growers Rameshwar and Jagdish own a huge patch of land passed over to them by their father and have about 1,000 trees.
The brothers claim that the world’s heaviest mango — Amrapuri — a popular variety from Afghanistan, is grown in their orchard and weighs 4.5 kilograms or about 10 pounds each.
“These mangoes from a single tree take different shapes and taste excellent,” Rameshwar said.
Another variety of mango, Sensation, is also grown in their orchard.
“It was first grown in Florida in 1921. These mangoes taste delicious,” Rameshwar said.
“In the Indian market, these Sensation mangoes are sold at INR 1,000 [$13.4] per kilogram [one kilogram is 2.2 pounds],” he said.
“I have toured India and collected a large variety grown in India and abroad,” Rameshwar said.
He said his orchard includes a wide variety of mangoes from across the nation, including West Bengal’s Malda and Himsagar, Gujarat’s Kesar mango, Uttar Pradesh’s Langra mango, Chaunsa mango from Bihar and Himachal Pradesh.
“We have customers from different states who directly contact us. There are some in Dubai, too, since they know we grow these mangoes organically,” Rameshwar said.
India is one of the leading exporters of mango and produces more than 1,500 varieties of sweet summer fruit. However, about 1,000 varieties are cultivated for commercial processes.
A few days ago, a similar incident occurred where horticulturists in Uttar Pradesh have managed to grow a single mango tree with 121 varieties of fruit growing on it discovered in the northern Indian state’s Saharanpur district.
Saharanpur is already a leading name in mango production. Mango horticulture is done extensively in the fruit belt of the district.
Growing in the district’s Company Bagh area (Company garden), the unique tree is the product of an experiment initiated by horticulturists five years ago to develop new mangoes and experiment with their taste.
The horticulturists used grafting, which involves joining plant tissues together to produce a variety of fruits.
As per the officials, the purpose of the experiment was to research new varieties of mangoes.
Among the mangoes found on this tree include Dussehri, Langra, Chaunsa, Ramkela, Amrapali, Saharanpur Arun, Saharanpur Varun, Saharanpur Saurabh, Saharanpur Gaurav, and Saharanpur Rajiv.
(With inputs from ANI)
(Edited by Amrita Das and Pallavi Mehra. Map by Urvashi Makwana)