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About Totapuri Mango Plant
Totapuri mango (Mangifera indica 'Totapuri') is a popular mango variety cultivated primarily in the southern parts of India, especially in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its distinctive shape, which resembles a parrot's beak, giving it the nickname "Totapuri" or "Totapari," which means "parrot" in Telugu.
Here are some key characteristics of the Totapuri mango plant:
The Totapuri mango tree is a medium to large-sized evergreen tree with a dense canopy. It can reach a height of 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 meters) when fully mature.
The leaves of the Totapuri mango tree are dark green, glossy, and elliptical in shape. On the branches, they are positioned alternately.
The mango tree produces small, fragrant, white, or cream-colored flowers in panicles. These flowers are bisexual, containing both male and female reproductive parts.
Totapuri mangoes are large-sized fruits, usually measuring 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 centimeters) in length. They have an elongated shape with a curved tip, resembling a parrot's beak. The skin of the mango is bright yellow when ripe and has a smooth texture with a thin wax coating. The flesh is firm and fiberless, with a pale yellow color. The flavor of the Totapuri mango is tangy and slightly acidic, making it suitable for various culinary uses.
Totapuri mangoes typically mature and ripen during the summer months, usually between April and June. They are harvested when the fruits have reached the desired size, color, and firmness.
Totapuri mangoes are widely used in the culinary world, both in ripe and unripe forms. Ripe Totapuri mangoes are consumed fresh or used in salads, desserts, smoothies, and fruit juices. They are also processed into mango pulp, which is used in the production of jams, jellies, ice creams, and other mango-based products. Unripe Totapuri mangoes, with their tangy taste, are often used for pickling, chutneys, and other savory dishes.
Totapuri mangoes are a good source of essential nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and E. They also provide dietary fiber and minerals such as potassium and magnesium. However, the nutritional content can vary depending on the ripeness of the fruit.
Totapuri mangoes are highly regarded for their unique shape, distinct flavor, and culinary versatility. They are exported to various countries and are widely enjoyed both within India and internationally.