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by: Shayona Biotech Private Limited, Anand
The pride of Gujarat
If lion is the king of Gir forests, who do you think is the queen? Well, here are some hints. She is a saffron-hued beauty that exudes a breathtaking aroma. We are talking of none other than Gir Kesar — the most exported and a sought-after mango.
Gir Kesar mango grows abundantly at the foothills of Girnar mountains in Gujarat's Junagadh district. The genesis of this unique mango variety can be traced back to 1931, when wazir Sale Bhai planted 75 grafts at Vanthali in Junagadh Laal Doori Farm. It apparently got named by nawab Muhammad Mahabat Khan III in 1934, when the fruit's rich, orange pulp reminded him of saffron, aka kesar.
Today kesar mango orchards are spread across more than 20,000 hectares in Junagadh and Amreli districts of Saurashtra region. While the annual production is about two lakh tonnes, only those mangoes which are grown around Gir sanctuary in Talala are officially known as Gir Kesar.Grown exclusively in this part of the country, Gir Kesar won the Geographical Indications (GI) tag in 2011. It became the first agricultural product from Gujarat and the second mango variety in India — the first being Uttar Pradesh's Dasheri - to bag the coveted tag. With such a rich heritage, Gir Kesar couldn't have been called anything but the queen of mangoes.
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