The Year 2017 has been thus far been simply amazing with surprising twists and turns to make anyone dizzy.
My sudden plunge into Political campaigning in the heart of Rural India ( please read an earlier post titled INDIAN COUNTRYSIDE) combined with to and fro visits to Operating theaters in Hospitals and am literary gasping for breath.
The twister of a Political Ride took to me the Capital of Uttar Pradesh , Lucknow, where I spotted these spectacularMulberry ( English) or Shatoot (Hindi) trees.
The juicy “Shahtoot” fruits brought upon a surge of nostalgia as I recall my Grandfather’s Garden which had so many kinds of fruit which are now near impossible to find in any Fruit Market in the metropolis of New Delhi.
Black Mulberry ( English), Shahtoot ( Hindi) or Morus nigra ( Scientific name) is the name of this quaint and exotic looking fruit which many would not recognize in large cities today.
I do recall collecting them in little cups made by folding the beautifully shaped green leaves of the Mulberry Tree. The dark black fruits ooze a Deep Wine Red Juice which would colour anything they touched.
The Shahtoot shares its origins and name from ancient Persia but is today found across the Indian Sub continent. Though for some inexplicable reason it is extremely difficult to find in any Fruit stall in India which are now laden with Kiwis and such fruits from far away lands.
Things are changing for sure and many aromas and tastes remain now merely as memories.
Enchanting fruits for my lovely readers who welcomed me back with warmth and affection.
India is the Kingdom where Mangoes rule the World of Fruits, undoubtedly the King of Fruits.
Mangoes are the compensation to this land for bearing the Hot Summer Months. The Scorching heat fills these scrumptious Fruits with the Sweetest of Juices. The Hotter the Summer the sweeter are the Mangoes.
Mangoes ( English), Aam ( Hindi), Mangifera indica ( Scientific name) are native to the Indian Subcontinent and entrenched in the the History of this Ancient Land. It is from this ancient Land that they spread to the rest of the World.
The Mango Tree is revered in India and forms part of all auspicious functions like Inaugrating a New Home or A Wedding.
Garlands are made from Mango leaves and hung on the Main Entrances of Homes symbolizing Fertility and Good Luck.
Spring covers the trees with blossoms , the fragrance of which drives the pollinators like Bees wild.
The famous design called Paisley ( Kairi in Hindi) owes it shape to the King of Fruits , Mangoes. Have a look at the Mango on the Left below and turn it 180 degrees clockwise. Behold the Paisley.
Raw Mangoes form the base of numerous mouth watering Pickles and Chutney. Each region of this Land has a different species of Mangoes and thus naturally hundreds of Recipes abound.
It would take a lifetime to discover and taste all the recipes.
For me personally Mangoes are my favourite Fruit and of the hundreds of species of mangoes, Chausa rules my Taste Buds.
Are you still reading the blog, go and grab a Mango. The King of Fruits will disappear within a month.