You may be surprised to hear that a variety of mango is sold at ₹2.5 lakh per kg, but it’s a fact. A mango lover in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, is growing such a mango that is priced in Japan at the same exorbitant price.
Sankalp Singh of Jabalpur has two orchards spread over 12 and a half acres, in which mangoes are being grown. In both these orchards, he has planted different types of mango trees. There are varieties from ‘Hapus’ mango to Japan’s ‘Taiyo No Tamago’.
Sankalp Singh took up horticulture in 2013, focusing on mango cultivation shortly after. At present, there are more than 24 varieties of trees in his orchards. He came across a tree of the Japanese variant while travelling.
“The variety of Taiyo No Tamago mango is attractive in appearance as well. I offered the first fruit to Baba Mahakal. This mango weighs an average of 900 grams. This is the reason that a large number of people come to my orchard to see this mango,” Singh explained.
“Earlier it was a difficult task for me to protect this mango during the night. That’s why I kept 12 dogs to guard at night. But now I have kept security guards during the day. Despite this, there is fear of mango thievery,” he adds.
Although the Taiyo No Tamago costs ₹2.5 lakh per kg in Japan, this price has not yet been established in India.
“Yes, this mango has been marketed in the country for up to ₹50,000 per kg, making it pricey and only available to those with sufficient financial means. These mangoes are the main draw for visitors to my restaurant, which I also run nearby,” says Sankalp Singh.
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