Food and Drink

On The Trail Of The Alphonso, The Star Of Indian Summer

During its brief season in the Indian summer, the obsession around the Alphonso is at par with Bollywood and cricket. With more than 1,000 varieties available in the market, Alphonso remains undefeated as the king

The mango season stretches from April to July Photo: Shutterstock.com
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Several summers back, I had hired a car from Mumbai, hitting the road to Ratnagiri and Devgad, on the trail of the famed Alphonso mango. If you go by local lore, there are mangoes, and then there is the Alphonso. Or, as it is locally known, the hapus. Loyalists swear by its rich, creamy smoothness (without a hint of fibre) and subtle notes of sweetness. It is a deep orange, almost saffron color and tastes phenomenal.

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