Alphonso famously known as Hapoos in Marathi is a seasonal mango cultivar that is considered as one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor.Alphonso Mangoes originated in Ratnagiri can be easily available in Mumbai.Alphonso Mangoes are oval in shape and about 4 to 6 inches long. The skin of the ripe fruit is golden yellow in colour, but is inedible. It has a thin firm skin and a delicious pulp. The stone or seed is smaller than many varieties of mangoes and the yield of pulp is therefore much more than in many varieties. Many have tried planting cultivars of this farmed variety in other parts of the world, but have not been able to match the original flavour of the Alphonso variety grown in the Ratnagiri District in the volcanic soil of this coastal zone.The best and most expensive are grown on the small plantation in Ratnagiri and are hand-harvested. It is this variety that’s most widely exported.
The unique flavour of Ratnagiri Alphonso Mango has some significant characteristics as sweet taste and delicious tropically fruity golden saffron coloured juicy flesh.
It has more thinner and non fibrous tendered texture shiny skin.
Once it is fully ripened ,it releases an aromatic fruity fragrances all over.
Alphonso Mango is the most expensive cultivar among all other mangoes.