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Monday, June 01, 2015

Lalbagh Mango and Jackfruit festival, Bengaluru

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I arrived at Bengaluru on Saturday morning and had half a day to spare before checkin time at Oyo Premium Hotel Bengaluru International. I went to Lalbagh to check out mango and jackfruit festival.

Lalbagh is one of the big gardens in Bengaluru, with a popular glass house in the centre, a lake and many other attractions. Twice an year, during republic day and Independence day, flower show is organized in Lalbagh, exhibiting wide variety of flowers.  During other seasons, other horticulture related shows are held occasionally.
This being the season for Mango and Jackfruit, an exhibition and sale of the same was organized. (It was inaugurated by Karnataka Chief Minister the previous day, will go on for a month approx.)
Exhibition area has a small outlet that displayed samples of various varieties of Mangos and displayed technical information related to Mango harvesting. Few varieties of jackfruit was also on display, but without a cut piece, it is difficult to understand the jackfruit varieties- they all look alike on the outside. While CM had posed munching on delicious mangos, visitors didn't have any provision to taste various varieties of Mango that were on display.

There were around 30 odd stalls selling different varieties of mangos- prices are fixed, as shown below, set by the horticulture department and same price in all stores. Most of them were big farmers, from all over Karnataka and also neighboring states. I am sure these rates are lower than what your neighborhood store charges- feel free to compare. All the stores claim to be selling mangos without carbides (chemicals used for rich colour and faster ripening)
Jackfruit stalls were little down near the glass house- no standard pricing for jackfruits (it is difficult to quantify and fix a price), each vendor would sell at a rate he thinks fair. But I find that their rates are reasonable and much cheaper than what road side vendors charge.

I bought and feasted on lots of Mangos and jackfruits.

Go check out the Mango and Jackfruit festival in Lalbagh if you’re in Bengaluru. (There will be Rs 10 per person, Rs 50 per camera and some car parking fee to enter Lalbagh)

15 comments :

Vidya Sury said...

Yum! We were there last year and the variety, as always is mesmerizing! Looks like you had a good time there, Shrinidhi!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Yes, I did... Thanks for visiting

D.Nambiar said...

Oh gosh!

Cravings, cravings! I love these fruits.
I hope you had your fill. :)

Vishal Grover said...

This is a great post Shrinidhi.. loved it ...

satish said...

Nidhi,

I had visited a similar mango & jack fruit mela held at Krishik Smamaj( At Hudson circle)Purchased one full jack fruit weing about 8.5 kg @ Rs16/kg. But was in for a big dissapointment when we cut the fruit.It was not at all good very fibrous ( not pulpy & juicy as in your photo).

Till now I have not understood how to find a good jack fruit without cutting it.Any way I have planned to visit lalbagh mela this week end & buy some good jack fruit.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Satish

sometimes we eagerly open a jackfruit before it gets ripe. Sometimes it is sheer badluck as nature has its surprise. It is also possible that vendor knowingly handed over a bad one.

Colour of jacfruit is one give away- too green? then it is raw, too blackish? then it is overgrown. Mild brown is the right colour. Also one should be able to smell the aroma and decide.

Best bet is ask the vendor to give you a piece which is ready for consumption, ask him to cut it in two and show- be 100% sure.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Vishal: Thanks

@DN: yes I did... but can have it many times more..

Yogi Saraswat said...

so many kinds of mango ? I never seen . thnx to introduce

Indrani said...

That is such a cool pic, sleeping with jack fruits! :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Yogi.. now you know why it is called King of fruits?

@indrani: yes, with acupuncture benefits!

Meghana Hassan said...

I should have accepted your offer and had few Jack fruits the other day. Am so much fond of jack fruits n we hardly find them here in Mumbai..

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Meghana

I had only offered Mango...

You didn't try jackfruits when in Hassan?

Meghana Hassan said...

Oh, I thought you offered me both.. Oh yeah, I had enough of them at Hassan, tht makes me crave for them more, once am back :(

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Meghana :) Start export import business of Jackfruits from Hasan to Mumbai

I.S.Rao (Satyanarayana Rao Indrakanti) said...

I have read this blog. I liked the pictures but they cannot be copied, which i can appreciate. I was writing article for a conference, and seeing so many mango varieties i thought a picture would say more. If you can share, pls send me to indrakantidel@yahoo.com; more after you respond. I know kannada too.