G.V. Ramana Rao
Apple Rumani’s price varies from Rs. 50 to Rs. 120 a dozen
VIJAYAWADA: It has the skin of a mango, but is shaped like an apple.
The fruit called the “Apple Rumani” is a mango cultivar. The cultivar is popular in the Malaysian archipelago along with other varieties like the ‘Arumanis’, Golek, Kuala Serlangor, Malgoa and Tok Boon.
The Apple Rumani mango is available for the local mango aficionado towards the end of the mango season here. The fruit is imported to Krishna district, the heartland of mango cultivation, from Chittoor district where it is being cultivated.
Despite its “good-looks”, the apple-like mango is thin-skinned and less juicy than the local cultivars like Banganapalli, Rasalu and Totapuri.
“The stony seed in this variety is also small, making it most un-mango like,” says fruit vendor P. Durgamma.
“A few years ago mango-like other seasonal fruits were available only during summer.
People considered it unhealthy to eat them once the rains begin, because the fruit would be susceptible to pest attacks.
But with advances in horticulture the fruit is available in one form or the other throughout the year. And cultivars that grow in other parts of the world are available here also,” says Ramesh Kumar, a wholesale fruit merchant.
The Apple Rumani is here as part of these changes, he explains.
This particular variety is now commanding a price of Rs.50 to 120 a dozen, depending on size and place where one could buy them.