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Indian mangoes available in Korea

By Joel Lee
  • Published : Jul 2, 2018 - 21:31
  • Updated : Jul 2, 2018 - 21:32
Participants pose at a mango-tasting event at JW Marriott Dongdaemun in Seoul on Wednesday, organized by the Indian Embassy and Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea. In the photo are (from the left) Vladimir Vazquez Hernandez, Mexican Embassy deputy head of mission; Satish Sivan, Indian Embassy deputy head of mission; Shin Myung-jin, chairman of the Korea Importers Association; Kim Hyun-myung, vice chairman of the Korea Importers Association; and Vasudev Tumbe, chairman of the ICCK. (Joel Lee/The Korea Herald)

Mangoes from India have been made available in Korea at supermarket chains including Emart.

The mango is the national fruit of India, with early varieties grown there some 5,000 years ago. The word “mango” is derived from the Tamil word “mangkay,” and the common fruit’s scientific classification is “Mangifera indica,” alluding to its Indian origin.

More than 50 countries import Indian mangos -- famous for their sweet, succulent and pulpy texture and taste -- including the UK, US, Canada, Germany, France and New Zealand. There are more than 1,000 commercial varieties available in India, and mangos are a seasonal delicacy as well as an integral ingredient in Indian cuisine.

By Joel Lee (joel@heraldcorp.com)