Mango lovers, you are in for a surprise.
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Summer is equivalent to mangoes and as the skies turn grey, cherries, peaches and plums start filling up our fruit baskets.

Along the west coast of India, consumption of mangoes starts shrinking after the first showers because the fruit gets infested with tiny bugs. But, the rest of the country rejoices in the wake of Dasheri, Langra, Chausa and more.

We present to you, monsoon mangoes.

The Aromatic Neelam
Available: Till the end of July

Neelam or Neelum is popular in certain pockets of South India, especially in Hyderabad. This sweet, aromatic and fleshy mango starts flooding the market in early June and can be relished till the fag end of July.

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The Plump Dasheri
Available: Till the end of July

Dasheri hails from North India and the story goes that it first appeared in the garden of Nawab of Lucknow. The fruit gets its name from the village Dasheri near Kakori in Uttar Pradesh, where the mother plant of this fruit is located. This super-sized fleshy mango has a surprisingly slim seed and a mild watery flavour.

The Multi-Tasking Totapuri
Available: Till the end of July

Unlike other mango varieties, Totapuri has a thick skin and the name is derived from the pointed end of the fruit that resembles a parrot’s beak. It does not taste very sweet, but the real flavour emerges when it is added to salads or served with spices. Widely cultivated in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, it is also popular in Maharashtra.

The Succulent Langra
Available: Till August

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Also known as Benarasi Langra, this fruit has its origin in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, and is the most superior quality of mango from the North and West India. The peel has a distinct green colour which will fool an unsuspecting mango lover into believing that it is unripe, but a true aficionado knows that one needs to gently press and sniff for the right aroma that indicates the fruit is ready to be eaten. Langra from Bihar populates the markets in West Bengal and North-East India.

The Juicy Chaunsa
Available: Till August

Chaunsa or Chausa is mainly produced in Pakistan, and it was a favourite of emperor Sher Shah Suri. The powerful leader named his favourite mango after his triumph over Humanyun in Chausa, Bihar. It is no surprise that it is widely grown in Bihar and certain parts of Northern India, like Lucknow and Varanasi. The juicy, sweet and aromatic mango has a huge fan following.

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