The summer season is upon us. And while Indian summers are typically marked with an abundance of sweat and dehydration, the season brings another item in abundance that is loved more than the season itself - mangoes. Dubbed the ‘King of fruits’ in India, mangoes have an almost cult fanbase in India. With its puply, juicy flesh wrapped around a delightfully hardcore, the fruit comes in many shapes, sizes, flavours and varieties across the states of India. On Twitter, however, a battle war seems to have broken out which is now being hashtagged as #MangoWars. The dispute? Netizens are deciding which variant of the mango is better.
A large variety of mangoes are grown across India. While Maharashtra is famous for Alphonso mangoes, Uttar Pradesh is known for Dusheri. West Bengal is popular for growing Himsagar mangoes while Andhra Pradesh is known for the lighter coloured Safeda mangoes. Other popular varieties of mangoes in India include Chausa, Lengra, Kesar, Totapuri, Neelam and much more.
But it seems mango lovers on Twitter cannot decide which one is the best. It all started when a Twitter user claimed that “Alphonso is the most over rated stuff" ever and that only “brand conscious babalog" have a taste for it.
Alphonso is the most over rated stuff you will ever come across. The brand-conscious Alphonso Babalog have no idea what real mango is. Try Dashahari, Chausa, Safeda and ultimate Langda/Malda.I have fired the first bullet sardaar @SankarshanT . Let the war begin.#MangoWars
— Yashwant Deshmukh (@YRDeshmukh) April 11, 2021
The tweet started a war on Twitter regarding the best variety of mango in the state. Several people voted for Alphonso mangoes.
#MangoWars Comparing #Haapoos AKA #alphonso is a debate that begins with this stupid translation itself #Haapoos ko #Haapoos hee rehne do, koi aur naam na do. It's like, #radio kaa mazaa #OTT wale kya janein!
— jeeturaaj rj (@MirchiJeeturaaj) April 11, 2021
Dusheri and Langda also got a few votes.
To your Alphonso, I raise a Dussehri the beauties you find only in Kolkata summers.— Mitali Mukherjee (@MitaliLive) April 11, 2021
And then there were votes for some local specials.
Send me your address.. i ll send you homegrown South Gujarat Kesar from my orchard.. I am pretty sure this will end the disscussion and the war. Kesar in South Gujarat in particular is regarded as the king of Mangoes. #MangoWars— Chintan Desai (@Savio309) April 11, 2021
Let me also jump into #MangoWars. Been in Mumbai for 5+ years. Had #alphonso many times. To me nothing beats the sweetness of Dushehri. Kesar is also very very good. Claiming #Alphonso is the best is wrong. May be it is in Maharashtra but that’s it.— शान्तनु शर्मा (@shantnu21) April 11, 2021
But most agreed that all mangoes are great.
Mangoes are one of the most popular fruits in India. The output of mango stood at 21.37 MT during the 2018-19 crop year (July-June).
Tell us what your favourite variety of mango is in comments.