The Alphonso Mango is named after Afonso de Albuquerque. This was an exquisite and expensive variety of mango that he used to bring on his journeys to Goa. The locals took to calling it Aphoos in Konkani and Maharashtra the pronunciation got further transformed to Hapoos. This variety then was taken to the region of Maharashtra and other parts of India. The mango is the national fruit of India. In India, harvest and sale of mangoes is during March–May (in some cases even June and July). The Jain goddess Ambika is traditionally represented as sitting under a mango tree. In Hinduism, the perfectly ripe mango is often held by Lord Ganesha as a symbol of attainment, regarding the devotees potential perfection. Mango blossoms are also used in the worship of the goddess Saraswati. No Telugu/Kannada New Year’s Day called Ugadi passes without eating ugadi pachadi made with mango pieces as one of the ingredients.
In Tamil Brahmin homes mango is an ingredient in making vadai paruppu on Sri Rama Navami day (Lord Ram’s Birth Day) and also in preparation of pachadi on Tamil New Year’s Day. Alphonso (known as Hapoos in Marathi) is a seasonal mango cultivar that is considered as one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in western India. It is a seasonal fruit with each mango weighing between 150g and 300g each. This variety of mango has a very short season of about two-four months from the end of March till end June when the monsoon sets in the Konkan Region. Desai Bandhu Ambewale is the India’s first and only brand for Alphonso mangoes and its allied mango products. Today Desai Bandhu is one of the most renowned names across globe for Alphonso mangoes. Desai Bandhu Ambewale are also renowned for growing mangoes naturally.