Written by Adweita Panigrahi, a grade 2 student.
A jumbo-sized mango is the pride of a small district in Madhya Pradesh. Its extraordinary size and flavour, make it a prized fruit for mango lovers. No wonder it has been named after the most famous empress of India, Noorjahan.
It’s mangoes everywhere
Summers are mango time. Everyone loves this juicy and delicious fruit. India has more than 1000 varieties of mangoes. you can have mangoes any way you like- as a shake, like ice cream, like a cake or eat them just like that. Whichever way you have mangoes, you will be happy. Alphonso, Dasehri, Kesar, Malda, Langda are common varieties. But there are some rare and unusual varieties of mangoes that are specially created by cultivators. One such is Noorjahan mango.
Super size me
Noorjhan mango is cultivated in a small region of Alirajpur in Madhya Pradesh. It grows to a massive size of 2 kgs to 3.5 kgs- the size of a watermelon, or a jackfruit! The local cultivators believe that this mango came from Afghanistan. But there’s no proof of that.
Growing this mango is not easy. And every year only a few Noorjahan mangoes are grown. That is why each mango can fetch a very high price- 1000 rupees per piece. Not only that, mango lovers book their Noorjahan mangoes with the cultivators in advance. And why not? After all, mangoes come only once a year.
2021- A good harvest
Cultivators were disappointed last year as their mango trees did not flower properly. This year, the flowering has been good. One cultivator, Shivraj Singh Yadav owns three trees of Noorjahan mango. He is happy with the crop this year and hopes that more people will grow the giant Noorjahan mangoes and make them popular.
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