In India, mango is a legend fruit and we have a huge natural varieties of mango's. They originate from South-East Asia and have been grown in India for centuries. We have more than a thousand varieties and even commercial clones are in hundreds. Two varieties that we grow for Nature & More are Alfonso and Kesar. They are both very sweet, aromatic and have a creamy texture.
I work closely together with three small groups of mango growers, in Maharashtra State, Ratnagiri, in Karnataka state, Hubli, and in Gujarat state, Kuttchh. I helped them to convert to organic farming 10 years ago and they are very happy about it now. They were applying a lot of pesticides in the past, which resulted in growers and employees falling often ill. Now their health expenses have gone down considerably and they enjoy their work much more!
Let me tell you a bit more about our mango's and where they are grown. Alfonso mango's are yellow and are considered to be India's pride and king of fruit. They're sweet, aromatic, small, creamy and have little fibre. I work with two groups of growers who grow them. The first consists of 7 growers in the state of Maharashtra, 350 km east from Mumbai. The other group is located in Hubli in the state of Karnataka, 450 km to the South of the city of Bengaluru. This farm consists of 25 growers. Both groups have been organically certified since 8 years. Their farms have red, latrite soil which gives the variety, Alfonso mango, its uniqueness and the best taste!
Our Kesar mango is grown in Gujarat, a desert area called Kuttchh near the border of Pakistan. Kesar mango's are golden and green, very sweet, creamy and contain little fibre just like Alfonso. This desert area, Kuttchh is the very best region to grow these mango's, which prefer a calciferous soil. They are grown by a family of 27 members, the Bhandukia, which consists of three brothers, their children and their grandchildren. They started growing organic mango's in 2002.
We are very proud of our amazing mango biodiversity in India, and hope you will get a taste of it!