Rare mango tree that blooms thrice a year to be named 'Mango Bharath'
Thrissur: A mango tree lovers community has found a rare variety of mango tree that blooms thrice a year from near Mundur here. The members of a Facebook community, which stands for the propagation of indigenous mango varieties, found this rare breed from roadside. The highly productive mango tree will be named 'Mango Bharath' on the upcoming Independence Day.
The community members conducts weekly trips to find rare breeds of mango trees. 'Mango Bharath' tree was found during one such a trip. When they found it blooming again after four months, they contacted a mango trader and asked him to collect all the mangoes on the tree for them in the next season. They are planning to germinate the seeds and distribute it to different places in the state.
There are 20,000 members in the community and they maintain WhatsApp groups at district level. The community was started by Sakhil Thayyil Raveendran. They aim at planting 50,000 indigenous mango tree saplings a year including distribution of 14,000 saplings to schools.
Dr Reji George, who works in radio diagnosis wing at Jubilee Mission hospital in Thrissur, is an active member of the community and nurtures 2000 saplings on his house terrace for giving to the public for free.
The newly found mango tastes like a combination of Priyur-Moovandan mangoes. One mango weighs around 300 grams.