A mango weighing 4.5 kilos looks impossible and that is what two brothers have grown in their mango farm in Rajpura, Madhya Pradesh.
Called Amrapuri, this could be in for an entry into the record books bringing laurels to Rameshwar and Jagdish of Rajpura village, who have about 1,000 mango trees on the farm that they own as an inheritance.
The brothers also grow another exotic variety of mango that has its origins in Florida's Mexico called Sensation.
According to them, World's heaviest mango, Amrapuri, has its origin in Afghanistan.
The orchardist Rameshwar and Jagdish have grown about 50 varieties of mangoes
They boast about the fact that the same tree in their orchid can have different shapes of mangoes, and they all taste really good.
Ramachandra said, “We have customers from different states who directly contact us. There are some from Dubai, too, since they know that we grow these mangoes organically."
While narrating the interesting facts about Amrapuri, Rameshwar said that the mangoes from a single tree usually take different shapes. Also, they taste really good," he said.
On Sensation, they said the variety was first grown in Florida in 1921. "These Sensational mangoes cost nearly Rs 1,000 per kg in the Indian market," he added. When asked about planting such numbers of variety, Rameshwar said,
"I have toured India and collected a large variety grown in India and abroad." Surprisingly, the growers of the world's heaviest mango claimed that he has some regular customers in Dubai too as he grows the mangoes organically.
"Our orchard includes a wide variety of mangoes from across the nation. Usually, we plant West Bengal'sMalda, Himsagar, Gujarat'sKesar mango, Uttar Pradesh'sLangra mango,Chaunsa mango from Bihar and Himachal Pradesh," said Rameshwar.
Some interesting facts about the origin of mango:
The cultivation of mango is believed to have originated in South-Eastern Asia. Mango is being cultivated in southern Asia for nearly six thousand years now in which India ranks first among the world’s mango producing countries.
It accounts for about 50 per cent of the world’s mango production. Among internationally traded tropical fruits, mango ranks only second to pineapple in quantity and value. India's mango exports were estimated at 45 thousand tonnes worth Rs Rs 1 billion in the financial year 2002-03.
The biggest importer of mango is the United States (US) which imports an average of 1,85,000 metric tonnes annually (about 45 per cent of the total world import volume).