Ever heard of ‘Phirangiladua’? Here's a chance to know
Padannakkad College of Agriculture is organizing a Malabar Mango Fest titled ‘Madhuram 18’ to introduce the different mango varieties of Kerala. The students’ union of the college is organising the mango fest on May 5 and 6. Minister for agriculture V. S. Sunil Kumar will inaugurate the mango fest at 3 pm on Saturday.
Display stalls have been arranged to show mangoes like Mallika, Imam Pasand, Chakkarakutty, Dasheri, Priyoor, Kuttiyattoor, Totapuri and Moovandan. In addition to mangoes, jackfruit and other fruits also are included in the fest. The value added products, modern farming methods, and organic pest control techniques also will be introduced in the programme. Saplings of jackfruit trees, mango trees, arecanut tree and other fruit plants will be available at the event.
The mango fest has given VIP treatment to jackfruit, the official fruit of the state. So, about 26 value added products of jackfruit such as jackfruit pudding, jackfruit ada, jackfruit unniyappam, jackfruit puzhukk, jackfruit cutlet and jackfruit seed cutlet are included in the fest. In the case of mango, there are mango squash, mango fruit salad and other products. They are available at attractive prices.
Padannakkad has its own variety of mango – Phirangiladua. This mango variety was nurtured by R. M. Savoor, the former Deputy Director of Education of South Kanara district under the British rule. He was residing in Padannakkad. The mango grove in the Padannakkad campus of the Kerala Agricultural University contains more Phirangiladua mango trees.
There are two types of mangoes found in India. One type need to be cut into pieces and consumed and the other one can be sucked like juice. Phirangiladua is the type that can be cut and eaten. It has a whitish green color. A ripe mango weighs up to 350 grams. This variety has no fibers inside the fruit.