Although summer is killing with its almighty murderous heat, we still have reasons to rejoice as we can have those yummy Alphonso mangoes this season. However, like, for every good thing, there is a bad business happening, there is also circulation of a substantial number of fake mangoes across the country.
Before going to their identification, let’s find out their origin.
This superbly aromatic pulpy fruit is available generally from mid-Feb to June. Alphonso mainly grows in the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, especially in Ratnagiri and Devgad. And their twins belong from South like Mangalore and Chennai.
So, here go a few pro tips to identify real Alphonso for your kids’ satiety…
- Aroma – You can get the sweet, strong fragrance of Alphonso from a distance. One can’t just get enough of its aroma. The inferior variety lacks this pivotal
- Skin – Rind (skin) of the genuine Alphonso is spotless and delicate. South Indian supplies are hard, comparatively making them easier to identify.
- Colour – The original ripened mangoes are reddish brown or saffron, but the chemically ripened mangoes are non-uniformly yellowish.
- Shape – Shape of these fruits aid to know the real ones. Maharashtra yields round shaped mangoes while the dummies from South and parts of Gujarat are narrowed at the tips.
- Pulp – These luxurious mangoes are pulpy. The mesocarp is fleshy throughout. Also, the cheap mangoes are more fibrous in nature and less in the pulp.
- Taste – The psychological satisfaction lies in the taste. Mangoes, true to this breed, are way too sweet and rich in flavor. The fake ones are flat and have a sour
More about the circulation of fake mangoes:
The most important reason for an increased supply of carbide ripened mangoes is the high demand of ‘Hapus’ or ‘Alphonso’ in the market. This incessant increase in demand leads to price hike which allows sellers to fool their customers with inferior quality fruits.
“I personally prefer to buy these real mangoes from markets. Bargaining and sorting the right ones come hand-in-hand. Nowadays, many e-commerce websites including online supermarkets deliver Devgad Hapus across the length and breadth of the country, but I prefer the original vendors, especially farmers or the farmers market special mangoes”
But…If you are thinking as to how one can understand the genuinity of these mangoes in the virtual world?
Well, here is this little useful secret. To do away with the look-alikes, do check the certification of those websites.
When it comes to your kids!
Chemically nourished mangoes are never good for kid’s health and may have long-term side effects. Apart from rendering various gastric problems, these can be potentially cancerous too. However, trust me, super mommies, getting the organic and healthy Alphonso for your kids is neither rocket science nor does it require wearing Sherlock’s hat.
Follow the tips and let your kids and family devour on the swoon-worthy fruit. Keep your olfactory sensory neurons alert to feed your kids’ taste buds safely.
I hope these tips have been useful for you and really help you in sorting out the real gold from the dupes.
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