According to officials of the Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation, diabetics and mango addicts have to wait for just two more weeks for the right-sized Totapuri mango to arrive in the market. However, if you can’t wait that long to catch a glimpse of this variety, head to the mango and jackfruit mela, which will begin in the city on Tuesday.
“It (this variety of mango) has a scientifically tested low glycemic index, and Karnataka leads in Totapuri cultivation with a yield of nearly three-lakh tonnes … it will arrive in mid-June,” says the chairperson of the corporation, Kamalakshi Rajanna. The Totapuri will be one of the nearly 80 mango varieties that will be displayed at the month-long mela, which will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The mela will be on till June 29.
The mela will happen simultaneously in seven centres in the city — Lalbagh; Elements Mall, Thanisandra Main Road; Malleswaram Playground; Majestic Bus Stand; Shantinagar BMTC; and Jayanagar BMTC and Kengeri BMTC stands.
Mango cultivation, apparently, has increased steadily over the last three years. “This year, farmers have assured us of 14-lakh tonnes of mangoes … it was 8-lakh tonnes last year. This is clearly a big jump. This has been the trend for the last three years,” says Ms. Rajanna.
For the attention of fruit lovers
This year’s mango and jackfruit mela will be held from May 31 to June 29
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the mela at Lalbagh at 11 a.m. on May 31
Mela to be held simultaneously in seven centres — Lalbagh; Elements Mall, Thanisandra Main Road; Malleswaram Playground; Majestic Bus Stand; Shantinagar BMTC; Jayanagar BMTC and Kengeri BMTC bus stands
Nearly 1,200 tonnes of mangoes will be available
80 mango varieties grown in Karnataka to be on display (20 varieties will be for sale in 100 stalls)
Alphonso, Badami, Mallika, Raspuri, Sendura, Dasheri, Kesar, Neelam and Malgova to be on sale
Locally-grown varieties— Sakkare Guthi, Gunda, Appe Midi, Jwaari, Chinna Rasam, Pedda Rasam— to be on display
10 varieties of jackfruit and allied products will be on display in 20 stalls
Source : The Hindu