The famous saffron-coloured Kesar variety of mango, largely grown around the foothills of Girnar mountains in Gujarat’s Junagadh district.
Nearly 20,000 hectares of area is under mango cultivation in both these districts and close to two lakh tonnes of production per annum is estimated, they added.
Average fruit size 170 to 250 grams , but now a days hybrid variety goes upto 400 grams per piece.
For export generally 250 gram plus size is used.
Kesar is India’s second mango variety in terms of exports.
In July, 2011 the Gir Kesar received the distinction of a GI (Geographical Indicator) tag (GI no.185) from the Geographical Indication’s Registry in Chennai.
Ripeness & Quality: Kesar are ready to eat when the fruit is tender with a overall softness coming through the thin peel. Avoid fruit with excessively soft patches, or bruised or compressed areas. A little wrinkling of the skin is of no concern, and often means the fruit is at peak eating quality.
A Kesar with advanced ripeness may occasionally suffer from ‘sponginess’ of the flesh, which is immediately obvious on cutting the fruit open and can be scooped out and discarded.
Grown in: Gujarat, India. The Gir Kesar is grown in specific geographical region around Gir forest in Junagadh and Amreli districts. It is grown in various talukas, such as: Junagadh, Vanthli, Mendarda, Talala, Maliya, Kodinar, Una and Visavadar of Junagadh district, and Dhari and Khambha talukas of Amreli district.
Harvest & Availability:
- April: Gujarat, India (usually from mid April)
- May: Gujarat, India
- June: Gujarat, India
- July: Gujarat, India