Mango lovers may go crazy this season as Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture is all set to offer a two-in-one delight of the fruit this summer. Food lovers may avail a perfect mixture of both Dussehri and Chausa mangoes in a single fruit as CISH further developed a hybrid of both the varieties and named it as CISH-M-2.
CISH-M-2 will hit the market after the end of the Dussehri season and just before Chausa makes a perfect entry to drool people over its luscious and heavenly flavour. While CISH-M-2 will look like Dussehri, in terms of taste it will be a blend of both.
This latest hybrid of the institute is able to grow without any particular weather condition and will now be examined in defferent labs throughout the country to determine the commercial viability of the same.
Previously, CISH had developed a bunch of different mango hybrids in last 33 years and Eldon, Bride of Russia and Sensation are most famous among those varieties. But quite surprisingly one of the most popular and highly exported variety, Alphonso was not listed ever in its mango hybridisation programme.
Talking about their hybridisation programme CISH director Shailendra Rajan said, "Some of these hybrids are high on beta carotenoids (pro vitamin A) and leupol in the pulp while some others are about 15% sweeter than the sweetest Dussehri"
"Hybrids of Alphonso as male or female parent are not successful in the north, given its poor yield and moderate quality in this climate. In Lucknow, Alphonso is a shy bearer and matures late during rainy season and is not as attractive as the Ratnagiri Alphonso either," Ranjan stated further.
However, epicures who cannot resist themselves to enjoy the charms of both the mouth-watering varieties, will now be able to avail them together soon.