If mangoes are your palette, here is the good news. The Pakistani Queen of mangoes, Sindhri is here and aplenty, and it’s time to say yummy again. Pakistani mangoes have hit the UAE markets with the first shipment arriving in Dubai’s Al Aweer Fruit Market. They are cheaper and more in supply as compared to last year. With Pakistani mangoes flying off the shelves, you can buy the earliest varieties, Sindhri and Almas. Not only that you can also peek into Alphonso and Badami, the famous Indian mangoes.
Three-day Pakistani Mango Festival
Pakistan has a unique position in the production of mangoes with over a dozen varieties as many varieties are more popular than any other type of mangoes being produce in the world. The local community residing in the UAE will have the opportunity to familiar with the different varieties of mangoes in the three-day mango festival. While the first two days will be welcoming diplomats, higher government officials, leading businessmen, importers and retailers, the last two days will be opened for general public to get familiar with some of Pakistan’s finest mango varieties in the UAE.
UAE Market for Pakistani Mangoes
Being the 5th largest producer of mangoes in the world, Pakistan exports mangoes to about 57 countries. The emirate is already an established market for Pakistani mangoes and by introducing more varieties here would significantly boost its exports. More than 110 varieties of high quality Pakistani mangoes are exported to UAE including Sindhri, Anwar Retaul, Lungra, Malda, Dusehri, Fajri and Chaunsa.
Nutritional Value of Pakistani Mangoes
The King of fruits, Mango has high nutritional value. They are rich in fibre, low in calories and contain a small amount of carbohydrates, calcium, iron, potassium and a little protein. While the rich and tender mango is available all year round, it is from May to the end of July when they are imported from Pakistan.
Usually harvested in June and July, the sindhri mango is Pakistan’s national fruit. Also known as the honey mango, it is known for its extreme sweetness and flavour. The flesh of this mango is really soft and melts very quickly making it perfect for mango lassi. Also for this reason, the sindhri cannot be stored for long and has to be eaten within two to three days of purchase. It is usually small to medium in size and a uniform yellow colour, with no spots, and .