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Mango Man! This 84-Year Old Has Preserved Over 150 Rare Mangoes


Summers have begun, and the primary mangoes of the season have arrived. From Haapus to Safeda and extra – there are such a lot of styles of the fruit thronging the markets. Also referred to as the ‘King of Fruits’, mango is abundantly utilized in many dishes in Indian delicacies. The love for mangoes is manifested in numerous Indian recipes reminiscent of Aamras, Aam Panna and extra. But the love for mangoes that this 84-year-old man has is actually incomparable. BV Subba Rao Hegde has been figuring out and preserving over 150 uncommon styles of Mango. Take a glance:

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Hegde hails from Beluru village in Shivamogga, Karnataka, and he has preserved greater than 150 native mangoes from the Western Ghats. These have been varieties that have been on the verge of extinction. The course of was not a straightforward one, as he travelled throughout villages for a number of years as a part of his ardour challenge. He informed ANI, “I visited the villages to hunt native styles of Appe Midi (tender mangoes used for pickles). At the preliminary stage, we had collected 120 styles of mangoes with completely different aromas.” This went on for about six months from November to March, as numerous mango samples have been collected by Hegde.

He spoke to ANI and informed them about his love for mango pickle, which stemmed from his childhood days. “I love mango pickles right from childhood. There was only one variety of mango in my house. When I was 60 years, I made a plan to grow the native varieties in my tiny land of about one-acre space. My wife cooperated with my work,” he stated. In reality, he introduced residence a number of the samples he collected for the aim of creating pickles!

However, out of those 150 styles of mango, solely 15 are preservable for a protracted time frame. Thus, Hegde took it’s in his personal stride to make these mangoes develop and save them from extinction. “I have grafted five varieties on to one tree in my house, and also grew them in pots. I have donated many varieties to schools,” he stated. The octogenarian’s efforts have been recognised with an award too, as he was lately offered with the ‘Award for Excellence’ for modern farming within the National Horticulture Fair held in Bengaluru on eighth February.

Take a take a look at the reactions on Twitter:

In reality, he has additionally created a ‘Mango Park’ in his home for explaining the significance of mangoes to folks. Well, if that is not a ardour for mangoes, what’s? What did you consider Mr Hegde’s zeal for mango preservation? Tell us within the feedback beneath!



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