Mangoes are heavenly fruits with a blissful taste. The summer fruit is not just India’s favorite but is loved by people from all around the world. Said to be the gift-of-the-Gods, Mangoes in India are grown in more than 1000 varieties. Each Indian variety of the mango is mouthwatering and has a unique taste to relish. Of the known varieties, Chausa Mango, also known as the Emperor of Mangoes, is quite popular for its delicious taste. Go through the blog and learn some interesting facts about the fruit.
History of Mangoes
For centuries, mangoes have played an important role in history. The succulent fruit was considered holy in India in ancient times. Hence, you will find the mention of the Mango tree in numerous religious tales. Mango has a strong connection with the ancient religions of India- Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The leaves of it are used for auspicious rituals, owing to its spiritual connection. Also, the fruit was considered as an s0ymbol of prosperity as such ancient Indian rulers planted the trees in their kingdoms.
Buddhism and mangoes share an ancient connection. Buddhist monks brought mangoes to countries of South Asia and other countries. While spreading the word of the Lord they carried mangoes as easy food and gave them as gifts to the countries they traveled to. With the spread of Buddhism, spread the popularity of mangoes. Mango trees are also mentioned in the Jataka tales. It is said Buddha performed several miracles under the mango tree including the Great Miracle of Sravasti. Also, other tales mention that the lush mango groves were preferred by Buddha to rest. Buddhists consider the mango tree as a beacon of peace, knowledge, and prosperity and plant mango trees to pay respect to the Lord.
The story of the Chausa Mango
The Chausa Mango hails originally from the hinterlands of India (present-day Pakistan). It was introduced to the northern lands of India by the emperor Sher Shah Suri. In his reign in the 1500s, the ruler brought his favored fruit with him. The name came from the city of Chausa in Bihar. Here, Sher Shah Suri won a victory over the Mughal Emperor, Humayun. To commemorate the victory the ruler named the mango variety with the name of the city.
The best thing about Chausa Mango is that it is easily available in the end of summer and almost all through the monsoon. While most mango varieties of mangoes go out of stock by the end of summer, Chausa is still available to be relished.
Summer Love of Singapore
Mangoes are the favorite of Singaporeans as well. People here, love the juicy fruit which is eaten raw and is even used in a number of desserts. The luscious mangoes are not grown in Singapore but owing to their popularity in the region, they are extensively imported from India. With the acceptance of Buddhism in Singapore, mango too made its place among the masses. This delicious Chausa variety also known as Table Mango is quite popular here. The bright yellow-colored fruit is relished by all.
Buddhism in Singapore is highly influenced by the local culture, however, Buddhist followers here also believe in the sacredness of mango. Thus, the fruit is highly regarded by them and is used in auspicious ceremonies.