The wait is over! The king of summer fruits is here. The best way to indulge in mangoes is by peeling it whole, taking in the aroma, sinking your teeth into the flesh, allowing the sticky juice to run down the side of your mouth, hands and trickle down your arms. This versatile fruit can be sliced and thrown into a salad, it pairs beautifully with vanilla ice cream, some puree it into aamras or drink it as a smoothie, milkshake or as mango lassi, and then it is pickled by the kilo to enjoy all year round. You get the drift—we’re quite obsessed. And the beauty of a diverse country like India is that we are home to more than thousands of mango varieties.
So, which one is the best? Turn to the stars to help you choose, as we’ve lined up popular varieties to correspond to your astrological sign.
Scroll down and figure out what your spirit mango says about you.
Mango type: Gulab Khas
Aries are vibrant, expressive and brimming with creative energy and enthusiasm. Their decisiveness makes them natural leaders, much like the rose in the flower community. For Aries, the Gulab Khas matches the vibrancy of the sun sign. This mid-season Indian mango variety is known for its rosy flavour and aroma, and its gorgeous blush. It is largely grown in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Mango type: Alphonso
Taureans absolutely love the finer things in life and tend to be a bit self-indulgent. So, what’s more decadent than Alphonso mangoes? Marketed as the ‘King of Mangoes’, this spherical mango variety is one of the best known all over the world and loved for its sweetness and rich flavour. It is largely fibreless, creamy-smooth and is also called Hapus or Hapoos. Grown in the Maharashtra region of Ratnagiri, Devgarh, Raigad and certain parts of Gujarat and the Konkan belt, it is available in May and June. Alphonsos are also said to be the most expensive mangoes in India and is exported in bulk.
Mango type: Safeda/ Banganapalli
A Gemini’s preference can be quite versatile. Variety is the spice of life as they see it and are constantly curious about anything quirky. They love to try new things and let their imagination run wild. Since Geminis couldn’t possibly choose between sour and sweet, they need something that caters to both their cravings. The Andhra Pradesh Safeda is for them. The skin is a vibrant yellow, so you expect to be biting into a nectarous pulp, oh but surprise surprise, the fibreless pulp is a beautiful blend of sweet and slightly sour. It’s one of the earliest variety of mangoes to hit the market in April and lasts till June.
Mango type: Mankurad
It takes time to get to know a Cancerian as they tend to be sensitive and shy, and have an emotional personality, but they project a tough exterior. Once you get to know them, you will find that they are the most caring and trustworthy. Cancerians would prefer a mango variety that’s layered - tough on the outside, but inside, it’s full of sweet, tropical goodness. The Mankurad mango is the perfect fit. This Indian mango variety is firm-fleshed, but its golden succulence can satisfy anyone. Goans believe that this mango variety is iconic and an epitome of their culture, and has the most luscious flavour of all.
Mango type: Kesar
Leos are minglers, filled with energy, are generous and love being in the spotlight. Leos need a mango variety that’s a little over-the-top, impossible to ignore and always lets its presence felt. Kesar is the mango for Leos because it stands out in a crowd, and its intense aroma is hard to ignore. They are grown largely in and around the Ahmedabad region of Gujarat, and during peak season you can sniff out their orchards from miles away. The colour of the pulp has a tinge of saffron, and is hence named after the spice. June to early July is the season for this mango, and it is largely pureed to make aamras.
Mango type: Neelam
Virgos are meticulous and pay great attention to detail. They take pride in doing things carefully and efficiently, and bringing order out of confusion. A mango variety that’s perfect for the boss sun sign is the consistent and large-yielding Neelam. They have a lovely fragrance and are produced all over the country, but are a favorite in Hyderabad. They are available from May to July, and the ones that arrive towards the fag end of the season are in fact the tastiest.
Mango type: Dussehri
Libras are charming, graceful, and popular. People just can’t get enough of Libras, just like kids and adults can’t get enough of Dussehri mangoes. Name one person who doesn’t like this mango variety. Anyone? Nope. Kids around the world call Dussehri the ‘chusne wala aam’ because it is best enjoyed by first pressing the mango slightly with your fingertips to soften it, and then cutting or tearing off the tip and sucking out the sweet pulp and juice like you would a lollipop. It is grown in Uttar Pradesh and is available in June and July.
Mango type: Totapuri
A Scorpio has a keen sense of curiosity and intuition and tend to be fearless when it comes to decision-making. They are full of mystery themselves. They desire new and interesting things, and a plain-Jane mango variety just won’t make the cut for them. In comes the edgy-looking Totapuri that is shaped like the tip of a parrot’s peak. The thick-skinned and elongated mango variety is grown in large parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. This Indian mango variety is not overly sweet, and is great for salads.
Mango type: Himsagar
The international globetrotter Sagittarius is always thirsty for knowledge and happiest when exploring new places. They are straightforward and have a knack to look at the bigger picture. When it comes to their cravings, they know exactly what they want. The Himsagar mango aligns well with this astrological sign. These yellow mangoes last for only four weeks but that doesn’t deter their popularity. Fans of this variety don’t waste time to procure it when it hits markets in the first week of May, and indulge in them all-month long.
Mango type: Langra
A Capricorn is practical with a strong sense of ambition. Capricorns are go-getters who are never deterred by things that stand in the way of their climb to the top. They aren’t frivolous at all. Rather, they are realistic and traditional in their choices. The Langra mango may literally mean a disabled person, but that has not stopped this mango from being one of the most popular and superior mango varieties in India. Its pulp is soft and succulent. The mother tree of this variety still grows in Varanasi and it is cultivated in parts of North India. The fibrous mango is popular and much sought-after in West Bengal, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. It is greenish-yellow and the season lasts from Mid-July to August
Mango type: Pairi
Aquarians may be determined visionaries who want to make the world a better place, but when it comes to their food choices, they are stubborn and prefer home-grown and authentic goodness. Since an Aquarian has a flair for flavour, we recommend the delicious and indigenous Pairi. Their coat has a reddish tinge, and biting into them is like digging into honey, but not sickly sweet—just perfect. Its rich flavour makes it a popular choice for desserts like halwa, shrikhand, and its juiciness makes it ideal for milkshakes.
Mango type: Chausa
A Piscean is selfless and spiritual, and very responsive to the thoughts and feelings of others. They are completely guided by their feelings, have simple preferences and usually like to go with the flow and please others; just like the Chausa. When most of us think that the mango season is coming to an end, Chausa mangoes infiltrate the market in August to spread joy again. They have the characteristic bright yellow skin and incredibly sweet pulp, and high nutritional value. North India and Bihar revers this variety as one of the best.
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