|WOW! Mangoes, beaches and windmills. My Devgad!|
"The Alphonso Mango Capital in India"! Devgad situated on the south western coast of Maharashtra had to its credit, the beautiful beaches, windmills and of being a largest producer of the finest variety of Alphonso Mangoes!
|Awesome Devgad Beach|
Wow! It was delicious, soft and sweet. A pleasant fragrant breeze had started ruffling through the mango trees. I saw an elderly figure walking towards us from the farm house which was about 100 yards from where we sat. Keshav got up and introduced the man to me.
'Meet doctor Abhayankar'. 'He is a leading physician of Devgad', Keshav said smilingly.
'Nice meeting you, sir,' I reciprocated.
Joining us the doctor took a liberal helping of mangoes and started eating. I was inquisitive.
'Doctor, people say though the mango is a king of fruits, it has a very high calorie value and high sugar content. Some get blisters also. What's the medical opinion?, I quizzed.
The doctor looked at me for some time, kept his plate down, took a deep breath and as if addressing to the public on his favorite subject, spoke-
'Boils and dermatitis? Nonsense!'
'You may get boils and dermatitis because of heat and moisture. The coastal area, you know. There is no scientific evidence of what you are alleging. It is a seasonal fruit and is packed with a lot of nutrients. So it is a great fruit to relish. A green mango has high content of vitamin C and as the fruit ripens, the vitamin A content increases. It is a good antioxidant, boosts immunity. The pulp has a high fiber content. That's why it's named as "The King of Fruits". However, you should eat the fruit rather than juice as a glass of juice requires 5 to 6 mangoes. Yes, it has a high calorie value so eats few. Diabetics should be careful in eating mangoes. One or two fruits a day should not create any problem. Also, remove the skin. It's thick and not easily digestible. But the other fruits like bananas, chickoos or watermelon may have the same precautions. Isn't it?' "The king of Fruit"- Alphanso Mango is a delight. Be in limits and enjoy it!'
Yes, I thought. The doc is right. We continued enjoying Hapus under the shady mango tree sitting on a wooden cot.
Devgarh was awesome in its rural setting. In the evening we strolled on the beach. The breeze was pleasant, even at the end of April.
One way to eat mangoes is to cut any way you like. Mess up your hands and mouth while eating and enjoy! However, for others, I'm giving below a web page which describes step by step how to cut mangoes.
Click to learn.
How to cut a mango: http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/002078how_to_cut_a_mango.php
- The average price in Mumbai for Devgad mangoes: Rs. 800/- per dozen. May go down in the month of May.
Stay: (Kunkeshwar): Savli Resort. Phone-91-2364-248614 (1 km from beach)
- Awesome Mango recipes: http://www.itssonatural.co.uk/main-menu/recipes.html
INDIA'S HIDDEN BEACHES: GUHAGAR, HEDVI AND RURAL FARM, Konkan, Western Maharashtra Coastal Region