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The Mango War: And Other Stories

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The leaves are a patchwork of different textures and smells. In some places, they are yellow and glossy, and in others, a dark, dull green.

The third Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great, invited the country’s best horticulturists to lay out an exclusive mango garden with 100,000 trees in Darbhanga in the northeast of the country. Abul Fazl, the emperor’s court chronicler, sang paeans to the fruit, which he recorded in Ain-i-Akbari, a record of Akbar’s administration, calling it “unrivalled in colour, smell and taste”. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation, India is the world’s largest producer of mangoes, growing about 18 million tonnes of the fruit per annum, with Pakistan producing just under a 10th of that, or 1.7 million tonnes.

No two fingerprints are the same, and no two mango varieties are similar. Nature has gifted mangoes with traits like humans," Khan said. But Abdel Jundy, from Egypt, said, “The Egyptian mango is best. When I eat it here, it reminds me of home. Everyone must try this mango because you cannot compare it to any other.” A thin-skinned mango characterised by complete absence of fibre, a golden hue, pleasant aroma and unparalleled sweetness, has a massive fan following in the eastern state.

The mango is as beautiful as the actress. One mango weighs more than a kilogram, has a tinge of crimson to its outer skin and it tastes very sweet," Khan said. Patriotic fervour seemed to grip expat residents in Oman. While the Indian mango season has just ended, Pakistani mangoes are still being imported into the Sultanate, with the crop in Pakistan being harvested a bit later. In addition, Oman imports mangoes from Egypt, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Kenya, among other nations.


Gathering – Rudelin Grassland > Rainbow Pond, Rudelin Cascu Ruins > Cascu Plateau, Ayah Glowing Forest > Glorious Forest) Muscat: With Oman importing mangoes from several countries across the world, expats in the Sultanate have claimed their country has the best version of the fruit.

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