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Delhi’s date with the king of fruits

Delhi’s date with the king of fruits
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Come summers, and nothing beats the joy of sucking deliciously sweet mangoes. Calories be damned! Keeping Delhiites’ love for the king of fruits in mind, Delhi Tourism organises a mango festival every year at Dilli Haat where people get to pick and choose from a wide variety of the fruit.

This year, the 24th edition of the three-day festival kickstarted on 6 July at Dilli Haat Pitampura. There were more than 500 varieties on display — from desi delicacies like Husnara and Zagarn to exotic imports.

Hundreds of varieties of mangoes, including rare varieties of mango fruits like Sirki, Suwarn, Jahangir, Neeleshwari, Royal SP, Raddy Pasand, Himasagar, Kensington, Amrapali and Mallika, Neelam, Fazli, Banganpalli and Dushehri, Langra, Alphonso, Kesar, Totapuri, Vanraj, Angoor Dana, Nazuk Kali, Gulab Khas, Moti Choor, Lallu and many more were on display. Also on sale were mango-based products like pickles, chutney, pans, juice, jelly,
aam papad
and jam.

The festival also had cultural performances like Bhangra and Rajasthani folk songs to welcome the rains. ‘The performances were so refreshing. It almost felt like the weather was in sync with the festivity,’ said a visitor.

Compendium of Mango Diseases and Disorders — a book by Dr Om Prakash Pandey, Dr AK Mishra and Dr Om Prakash Verma — was also released at the event.

The second day of the festival had a magic show and a mango quiz contest. A mango-eating competition for women was also held that saw women participants consuming the pulp of 3 kg mangoes in three minutes. This was followed by a similar competition for men on the third day.  Delhiites welcomed the festival.
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