Indian Mango of the Philippines
During summer months in the Philippines, mango trees usually bear fruits at its peak. This is an indication of the mango season as well. There are a number of mango varieties that are grown in the Philippines and the most popular one is the Carabao mango variety. Another one that is abundantly grown in many parts of the Philippines is the so called Indian Mango. Indian Mangoes are less commercially popular.
I’ve grown eating Indian Mango for merienda or snacks. The fruit is so versatile that it can even be eaten together with your regular meal as a side dish accompanied by other vegetables like tomatoes. The tree of this mango variety doesn’t grow that huge so you can climb on its branches, pick your desired size and maturity then eat it right there and then while on top. The taste is similar to Apple Mango variety that is less strong mango flavor. The tartness is lesser and there is a distinct mango flavor that is Indian Mango. It is sweet even the not so mature fruit with pale yellowish/light greenish color. When fully mature, the sweetness is even more with stronger flavor, and the color is even more a little bit yellowish to orange. The size of the fruit doesn’t grow that big as compared to the Carabao variety. It is rounded in shape almost similar to the apple but with a bit elongation.
Indian mangoes are usually grown in every Filipino family backyard. The name is somewhat absurd but I’ve grown calling this mango like this and so I believe every Filipino knows about this Indian Mango. Still, no one knows why it is called Indian Mango. Maybe, just because it is believed that majority of mangoes all over the world originated from India.