Mangoes have started arriving in Indian markets providing a juicy, delicious respite from summer temperatures and humidity as they start climbing to oppressive levels. (AP)
According to market sources, arrival was delayed by several days due to erratic winter season last year and unseasonal rains during last few months in the state, which had damaged crop of varieties like Kesar, Alphonso and Rajapuri.
A labourer sorts mangoes at a fruit market in Hyderabad, India. (AP)
Labourers carry tubs of mangoes after they are sorted by others at a fruit market in Hyderabad. (AP)
Currently, Alphonso is being sold in the range of Rs 400-750 per box, Rs 465- 1,055 for Kesar and Rs 425-760 for Langra. Prices may fall after arrivals pick up.
A shopkeeper arranges mangoes at his shop in a fruit market in Mumbai. (AP)
A schoolgirl enjoys her slice of mango during her lunch break in school in Jammu. (AP)
India recognises the mango as its national fruit and is the world's largest mango producer. (AP)
A vendor works as Alphonso mangoes are displayed at a whole sale market in Mumbai.
EU has recently banned imports of Indian mangoes including the Alphonso, considered the king of all the mango varieties available in South Asia. The ban was implemented because a large number of shipments were contaminated with fruit flies. (AP)