There is no doubt about the fact that most of us love mangoes. Coming in verities, shapes and sizes- we have a particular kind of mango that we love to devour upon. And especially in this summer season, there is nothing more flavorful and refreshing than a mango. While we all go to the street vendors and bargain for the price, would you believe if a vendor tells you that the mango costs INR 1,000 a piece? It almost sounds unbelievable, doesn't it? But something like this has happened in Madhya Pradesh.
The 'Noorjahan' mango, grown in Madhya Pradesh's Alirajpur area, is garnering a higher price this year due to a bigger harvest and larger fruit size than last year. Recently, a farmer claimed that the 'Noorjahan' mango is valued between Rs.500 to Rs.1,000 per piece this year. The production of this kind of mangoes has been good this year due to favourable climatic conditions, unlike last year.
Locals claim that 'Noorjahan' mangoes come from Afghan and are only grown in the Katthiwada region of Alirajpur district, around 250 km from Indore, near the Gujarat border.
Shivraj Singh Jadav, a mango cultivator from the Kathhiwada region, told PTI that "the three Noorjahan mango trees in my orchard have produced 250 mangoes. The fruit has been priced between INR 500 and INR 1,000 per piece. Bookings have already been done for these mangoes." He also added that "n 2019, one mango of this variety weighed around 2.75 kg at an average and buyers paid as high as INR 1,200 apiece for it".
At the beginning of June, the 'Noorjahan' variety bears fruit. In the months of January and February, these trees begin to bloom. Local cultivators claim that a 'Noorjahan' mango can grow nearly a foot long with kernels weighing between 150 and 200 grams.