Yeh dil mango more?

While on a trip to Coorg earlier this week, I came across a terrific sight on the state highway, near Hunsur, I think: Loads of pushcart vendors selling mangoes. For mango lovers, it would be nothing but the proverbial nirvana.

Having savoured the sight – pics below, folks – I read today this news:

The first export consignment of 150 boxes of delicious Indian mangoes was shipped out to the U.S. shores on Thursday

Apparently, this development has come about as sometime last year, U.S. President George Bush said, at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, “….I look forward to eating Indian mangoes…..”

With such a heavyweight asking for them so publicly, of course we had to oblige. In a flurry of activity in the Commerce Ministry, all stops were pulled, papers duly signed, decks cleared….you know what I’m saying?

So all you folks who love mangoes – better stock up on them this summer for

U.S. Embassy officials here said the demand for mangoes in the U.S. is strong with a market size estimated at about 250,000 tonnes

Figures like this should make our enterprising exporters drool and should mangoes be diverted for export rather than for local consumption, you’ll have nothing but photos like these to salivate over! Enjoy maaadi!

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7 Comments so far

  1. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    Just relished some Alphonso’s back in Mumbai last week! Which are these varieties??


  2. Chitra (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    Nice pics! But I am not a great fan of the mangoes. I can never guess which are sweet and which will be sour!


  3. Mytri (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    Chitra Chitra Chitra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am almost crestfallen on reading your line…
    How can anybody NOT like the KING of fruits. Ofcourse since export is now possible, Indians may have to kiss their King goodbye :((


  4. Ravi (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    @Rajesh: Badami, Raspuri & Malgova were the 3 names mentioned.

    @Chitra: Its an art actually and it gets better with time. You should go by/with your nose, really! :)

    @Mytri-avargale: Don’t be too crestfallen. Perhaps, we from Bangalore MB will send you a box? :)


  5. Sid (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

    In NYC we get most of our mangos from the Caribbean and Mexico. I love them. But those mangos have a problem: there are usually lots of strings attached. There is usually a kind of dental floss that grows from the seed. If Indian mangos have no string/dental floss built in they will win the NYC market easily. Bring them on!!!


  6. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    Now I’m going to feel guilty every time I eat one.:(
    Bush likes mangoes?? He probably had Condi Google them to find out what they were.

    -Robert


  7. lavannya (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 10:39 am

    So very sad news Ravi!
    Now they’ll export our mangoes too???
    So we’ll get a less quality of a mango?

    They already export our excellent fish and sea food to the foreign world and leave us pittens…
    Export the best granite and stones to the foreigners and leave us with pieces that are not as good…

    We cant have this and we cant have that…
    Some shack in Gokarna asks me to leave coz I am Indian and because I wont shell out Dollars for money…

    Isn’t it sad?
    Isn’t it sad that we give ourselves away in the name of money????

    Sigh! but I am hoping there’ll be enough mangoes for the locals… perhaps in time..there’ll be orchards of mangoes ONLY for export quality! (so hate that word)



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