Our country is very rich in fruits. They are of many kinds, shapes and sizes. They also have different smells, tastes and colours.
The Mango is the national fruit. It has been cultivated in India since time immemorial. There are over 100 varieties of mangos in India, in a range of colors, sizes, and shapes.
Common in the tropical part of the world, mangos are savored for their sweet juice and bright colors.
People in India eat mangos ripe, or prepare them green as pickles or chutneys. They are rich in vitamin A, C, and D. The poet Kalidasa sang its praises.
Alexander the great savoured its taste, as did the Chinese pilgrim Hieun Tsang. Akbar planted 100,000 mango trees in Darbhanga, known as Lakhibagh.
I like fruits. But mango and cherries are my favourites. I relish them the most. I also like mango-juice, pickle and jam. There are many varieties of mangoes.