In my home country, Turkey, mango fruit was unknown in my youth. The first time I discovered mango fruit was in 2010 when I was a student in London.
At my first encounter with mangoes, I was rewarding myself with Thai food in Soho. Back then, I was used to salty Turkish meals and was surprised by having sweet fruit in a cooked meal. Yet, I loved Mangoes.
Following the first encounter, I became addicted to Tesco’s dried mangoes. Since then, I have been a Mango fan; I love them dried, fresh, or in food dishes.
I have been amazed by their variety as well. I am trying new varieties of mango when I have a chance.
Lately, my mango passion has taken me to the Pakistani Mangoes.
Let me introduce Pakistani Mangoes to you.
1. Why is Pakistan famous for mangoes?
The mango is also one of the national symbols of Pakistan. In 1947, the Mango was designated as Pakistan’s national fruit.
Mangoes are not just fruit for Pakistan. Mangoes are part of its culture and traditions. Throughout Pakistan, mangoes signify the arrival of summer.
Because Mango is an indigenous plant in Pakistan, Pakistani soil and climate provide excellent conditions for mango trees to grow.
As a result, Pakistani mangoes have a unique flavor and are considered among the best quality.
Additionally, mangoes are grown in southern tropical areas of Pakistan, and you can find fresh mangoes over 6 months of the year, which is very pleasing news for mango addicts like me.
2. What are the types of mangoes Pakistan produces?
Pakistan is the world’s fifth-largest producer of mangoes and the third-largest exporter of mango fruit.
Besides being one of the leading Mango cultivars in the world, Pakistan is also home to a diverse variety of mango types.
The number of mango cultivars planted in Pakistan is about 400, and about 25 to 30 of those cultivars are farmed commercially.
Mango fruit is widely farmed in two provinces of Pakistan, Sindh and Punjab. The Chaunsa mango variety is the most famous Pakistani mango known for its sweet taste.
Chaunsa Mango is regarded as the highest quality Mango variety, and this is the variety that is mostly exported to the world.
The most known Mango types produced in Pakistan are Chaunsa, Sindhri, Langra, Dasehri, Anwar Ratool, Saroli, Samar Bahisht, Toota Pari, Fajri, Neelum, Alphanso, Almas, Sanwal, Surkha, Sunera, and Desi.
Pakistan’s top export destinations for mangoes are Afghanistan, China, Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Bahrain, and Belgium.
3. Pakistani Mango Varieties
3.1 CHAUNSA MANGO
The Chausa or Chaunsa mango variety is native to the Rahim Yar Khan and Multan districts of Pakistan.
The mango variety is named after legendary Mughal Emperor Sher Shah Suri.
Don’t let Chaunsa Mango’s pale yellow color fool you.
Chaunsa Mango has a beautiful scent and excellent soft, juicy flesh that contains only the bare minimum of fiber, making it a perfect choice for snacking. Chaunsa Mango also has a very sweet aroma.
Chaunsa mangoes are one of the most popular mangoes of all types and also the most consumed among Pakistani people.
The ripening season for Chaunsa mango is between June and late September.
3.2 SINDHRI MANGO
Sindhri Mango is the second most popular Mango, and it is also known as the Queen of Mangoes or honey mango.
Sindhri Mangoes were harvested before Chaunsa Mangoes just before the summer season.
In appearance, the fruit is ovalish, long, and large in size; the skin is lemon yellow when ripe; the pulp is yellowish cadmium when ripe; the texture is fine and firm with no fibers.
The stone (its seed) is medium in size; the flavor is pleasantly aromatic and sweet. Sindhri Mango is also known to have an excellent shelf life.
3.3 RED KING (LAL BADSHAH)
The Red King mangoes have yellow and red blushes on the skin. As the fruit ripens, the yellow color of the fruit grows more intense.
This variety has a slightly asymmetrical appearance. The flesh is pretty firm, contains a fair amount of fiber, and is sweet without being incredibly flavorful.
3.4 ANWAR RATOL
Anwar Ratol is famous due to the intense flavor and abundance of juice in each serving.
This variety has a smaller size, medium-thick skin, and a rich pulp full of juice. Anwar Ratol mangoes are firm, fiberless, and can be cut into slices.
Anwar Ratol’s season runs from the middle of July to the end of August.
Langra is a particular variety of mangoes in high demand throughout Europe and North America.
Langra mangoes are also smaller and have a beautiful sweet taste with green and thin skin.
Langra’s harvesting season begins in the middle of June and lasts until the end of August.
|Mango Variety||Harvesting Season|
|Sindhri||May, June, July|
|Chaunsa||June, July, August, September|
|White Chaunsa||August, September, October|
|Langra||June, July, August|
|Anwar Ratol, Fajiri, Bangun Phali, Sunehra, Neelum||July, August|
4. Which is the best Mango in Pakistan?
Chaunsa and Sindhri are the best Mangoes grown in Pakistan. When Sindhri harvesting season is over, Chaunsa mangoes ripen.
The Chaunsa is a native mango variety to Pakistan and is regarded as one of the world’s best mangoes.
Yet, the Sindhri variety is the Queen of Mangoes. Sindhri, a vast oval mango, is also regarded as one of the world’s best varieties of mangoes.
Aside from Sindhri, Pakistan is home to a slew of other delicious mangoes, such as Anwar Ratool and Chaunsa and the more common Samar Bahisht and Fajri kinds.
When compared between two of the best qualities of Pakistani mangoes, Sindhri and Chaunsa. Sindhri is heavier in weight as compared to Chaunsa.
Normally Sindhri weighs 330-450g, while Chaunsa weighs 300-400g.
5. Which is the sweetest Pakistani Mango?
Each kind of Mango has its own set of devotees, even though there are many differing viewpoints on which variety is the sweetest.
Compared to some of the best Pakistani mangoes through social media polls and opinions, most people regard Langra as the sweetest Pakistani Mango.
When choosing the sweetest Pakistani Mango, the comparison often includes Sindhri, Chaunsa, and Langra.
6. How do Pakistanis eat Mango?
Mango is a fruit consumed fresh in Pakistan, but it is also prepared in several ways to eat.
During the summer months, a mango lassi (curd shake) in the morning is one of the most popular desi Pakistani items on the breakfast table.
The drink delivers an energy boost that allows one to get through the rest of the day without feeling tired.
A mango salad for lunch and another lassi instead of afternoon tea will help you get motivated again to get back on track after a bad day.
Fresh mangoes are served with paratha in villages as an evening snack.
Mangoes are also used to prepare ice cream, squashes, juices, chutneys, pickles, and puree, and they are often served sliced in syrup.
Pakistani people also consume soft mango varieties by softening them with their thumbs and sucking the juice directly from the fruit.
7. How many Mangoes does Pakistan export each Year?
Pakistan is the world’s fourth-largest producer of the best mangoes. The mango season begins in early May and lasts until September, with the best quality fruit available.
There are more than 100 nations where this sweet and tropical fruit is produced. However, Pakistan remains one of the biggest exporters of mangoes.
Pakistan is still the fourth most significant contributor of mangoes in terms of global production. About 1.8 million tons of mangoes are produced annually, with 6% exported.
The great Persian poet Mirza Ghalib who lived in British India, was fond of mangoes for their rich aroma and flavor, and he praised Mango as the “King of Fruits.”