Sunday, April 15, 2007

Indian Mangoes In US

This summer US can enjoy Indian mangoes. Trade Minister Kamal Nath said Indian mangoes are all set to be shipped to American markets in the next few days, with the US government allowing its import. Indian mangoes will hit US shelves for the first time in 18 years.Amid indications that the US would allow import of Indian mangoes this season, a leading American trade body said that the Indian varieties of the delicious fruit was likely to dominate the 2.50 lakh tonne US market if import was allowed.

The spokesperson said although US consumers were relatively unfamiliar to mangoes, in recent years the fruit was getting popular, following import from mainly Mexico. As a result, the Mexican variety of mango dominated the US market which has a size of 2.5 lakh tonne per annum. “Mexican mangoes do not compare in terms of sweetness and varieties offered by the Indian mangoes," the spokesperson however said.

As part of the same exercise the Council planned to organise the first-ever 'Indian Mango Tasting Festival' at its Global India Summit to be held during the 32nd Anniversary at Washington from June 27.
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