Thursday, December 9, 2021

Blessing in disguise: MP couple mistakenly grows world’s costliest mangoes

Mango is rightly postulated as the ‘king of fruit’ for its distinctive taste and manifold health benefits.

India houses about 1,500 varieties of mangoes, each unique in its taste, color, and shape. Some of the very well-known varieties of mangoes, found in India include Alphonso, Sindhura, Totapuri, Hapus, Ratnagiri, Chausa, Raspuri, Pairi, Himsagar, Neelam, Malkova, Malda, Langra, Kesar, Badami, etc.
Indian mangoes have even earned a GI tag for their exotic flavor, for which they are widely exported worldwide.

However, have you ever heard about the Miyazaki mangoes? In this story, we tell you, what is so special about the Miyazaki mangoes, how an Indian couple grew one of the world’s costliest mangoes, in Jabalpur and what it could mean for India.

What are Miyazaki mangoes?

The Miyazaki mango is no ordinary mango! There are people in the world, who hold this Ruby red mango, more dear to their heart than gold or any other luxury.

So, where does this premium fruit come from?

The fruit is primarily cultivated in the Japanese city of Miyazaki, which is a capital city on the Kyushu island, founded in the year 1924.

What is so special about mangoes?

The Miyazaki mangoes can weigh up to 350 grams. The fruit is exceptional, not just in its weight, but also in its nourishment content. It is enriched with nutrients like antioxidants, beta-carotene, and folic acid.

It is grown, maintaining the highest quality standards, under an environmentally controlled setting. To ensure blemish-free, even red color, sunlight is made to evenly pass through the fruit, from all sides. To avoid damages upon falling, cushioning is provided upon the ground. Thus, a single piece is auctioned in lakhs, throughout the world, making it the costliest mango species in the world.

How it came to India?

It still remains a mystery, as to how the saplings of the world’s costliest mangoes reached India. But, it is because of such blessings in disguise, that the world’s rich flavors traverse to reach me and you!

According to the Jabalpur couple, Rani and Parihar, who are acclaimed to grow the world’s costliest mangoes, Parihar was offered the saplings on a train to Chennai.

Value in the Indian & International market:

Rightly postulated as the world’s most expensive mangoes, one Miyazaki mango can cost you a lot of your money. For, its taste might compensate for it. Recently, a Mumbai-based customer offered to pay Rs 21,000 to the couple, for one kilogram of the fruit.

In the international market, the price of the Miyazaki mangoes shot up to Rs 2.70 lakh/ per kilogram, last year.

What it can mean for India?

While research is underway to ascertain the variety and species of the mangoes grown by the Jabalpur couple. If it is found to be the Miyazaki equivalent species of mango, it has the potential to add another feather to India’s already exclusive agricultural exports, abroad.

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