Thursday, May 28, 2009

For the Love of Mangoes

Yup! I luuuuuuuuurrrrrrve mangoes. Sinful as they are, is there any other fruit that lends itself to milkshakes as beautifully as mangoes? Except maybe bananas….and strawberries….and custard apples....

Wait, that’s quite a few fruits! But you get my point, right?

I’ve been having mangoes everyday for the past month. Not a mango a day but many mangoes a day! I’ve been having mango shake everyday for breakfast, made with two mangoes and with chunks of the fruit floating in it. Yummmmeeee!! And I have a mango again for dinner. That’s 3 mangoes a day, whereas mangoes are FORBIDDEN in my diet chart!

But what the heck? Dieticians are one of the most out-of-touch-with-reality people in the world. I’ve already written about how they prescribe diets that are unrealistic, troublesome & difficult to abide by. And then they go ahead and ban delicious fruits such as mangoes, bananas & grapes from your diet! Such morons! BTW…what’s the deal with ‘litchis’? Are they banned too?

Anyway, coming back to mangoes….I’ve discovered this new specie of mangoes called ‘Himsagar’. ‘Himsagar’ is a Bengal mango. It’s really sweet and heavenly. Mango experts consider it to be one of the most popular & lip-smacking varieties of mangoes. Unfortunately, unlike ‘Alphonso’, ‘Himsagar’ has not made it to foreign shelves yet as the quality checks required for exporting mangoes do not exist in West Bengal.

Speaking of ‘Alphonso’, I think they are way over-hyped. Like Deepika Padukone! There are other varieties of mangoes that are much sweeter and much more delicious than ‘Alphonsos’. Like ‘Zardalu’, ‘Dasheri’, ‘Langra’, ‘Maldah’ etc.

Did you know that India alone grows more than 40 varieties of mangoes? So how can those stupid dieticians expect Indians not to binge on them??!!

Fruits are supposed to be good for us, and last I checked mango was a fruit :D

7 comments:

Mumbai Diva said...

oh boy...what a delish looking photo. i suddenly want to have mangoes. i think i'll go out for a mango shake to the nearest coffee shop.....

Scarlett said...

@Mumbai Diva - Mango shakes at coffee shops are baaaaad. Why don't you go to the guy near Elco Arcade? He makes awesome fresh fruit milkshakes...also recommend his strawberry & custard apple shakes when these fruits are available. Or...you could make your mango shake at home! :)

legallyalien said...

ooo! mangos...how i miss them. I'm not sure I can tell the difference between the different varieties myself but my dad does the mango shopping in our family and he always bought Himsagar or Langra from the bazaars in Calcutta.
Mangos in Australia taste like plastic to me so I don't go near them. They taste better in a shake and now you make want to go get one!

I really like you're blog btw. :)

Scarlett said...

@Legallyalien - I can't identify mangoes by looking at them either. But the different varieties surely taste different. Himsagar & Langra seem to dominate the market in Calcutta, just like Alphonso does in Mumbai. Even the mangoes in the US don't taste half as good as the Indian mangoes.

Which blog are you talking about BTW? I have many!! Lol :)

Blog Barfer said...

himsagar is da best

Tanay Chowdhury said...

I have tested both Alphonso and Himsagar.I do agree that Alphonso is over hyped since himsagar has no less than aroma and test like alphanso.Hope they starts exporting it as soon as possible.

Unknown said...

Go for Kohitur from Murshidabad. Nothing comes closer to it. It has to be cut by bamboo and not by knife. I have tasted Alphonso, Himsagar, Langra, Chaunsa, Dasheri, fazli but nothing comes even closer to it. In kolkata kohitur is given the 1st prize in Mango festivals.