Kesar is India’s second mango variety in terms of exports. In terms of flavour, it is second only to Alphonse, which many describe as the best on the planet. Kesar is a small to medium fruit with a roundish shape and a distinct curved tip. It has a relatively unexciting appearance, having skin that is a dull, slightly mottled yellow colour, perhaps with a green tinge when less mature. Inside it is a different matter: a deep yellow-orange flesh, smooth and fragrant with intense sweetness when they are in peak condition. There can be a slight acid edge to the flavour in less mature fruit, but many people will enjoy this complexity. The medium sized stone has minor fibre attached which does not detract from enjoyment.
Raw mangoes are firm and can be oval or slightly kidney bean-shaped, depending on the variety. The mangoes aren’t fully developed, so the seed is small and thin and the firm flesh is crisp. The flavor is sharply sour and can be slightly bitter due to concentrations of oxalic, citric and other types of acids that aren’t present in a ripe mango. The skin of some varieties of raw mango contains oils that can be irritating to those who have sensitivity to poison ivy or oak, which is a distant relative of the mango.
Fresh Indian Kesar Mango
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