Langra Aam: How One Of India's Favourite Mango Was Named?

If you ask Indians about the only good thing about summers, the answer will be the harvest of mangoes. With about 1500 varieties of mangoes cultivated in India, Indians have been drooling over this fruit since times immemorable. Many 90s kids will mention that one of their favourite childhood memories is to climb the mango tree in their backyard or any garden and get messy while gorging on the aromatic, succulent and appealing delights that mangoes are. Indians have been savouring mangoes of varying tastes, colours, sizes and shapes for ages now. From Dasheris and Chausas to Sundris and Tota Paris- you name it and at least one of five people have eaten the variety.

One such variety of mangoes widely savoured in India is Langra Aam. Oval in shape, quite aromatic, green in colour and irresistibly delicious, Langra Aam is available from May to August. The bright yellow flesh has less fiber and is super juicy. The mango is green in colour even after its ripe and is cultivated in many states of India. Although everything about the mango is all things delicious, the only thing that makes us put on our thinking caps is its name. We know you are in the same boat as us. So, this article is here to answer your questions regarding the name of Langra Aam.

The word ‘Langra’ in Hindi means ‘lame’ in English. The history of Langra Aam dates back to 250-300 years. It is believed that there was a lame man in Banaras who ate a variety of mango and planted the seed in his backyard. This man was called ‘Langra’ by his friends and peers. The mangoes from that tree went to the market for selling purposes and people were impressed with the amount of flesh in the mangoes.  With time, people started growing the variety immensely and the variety was named after the man who cultivated it first.

People who have eaten the Banarasi Langra Aam claim that the regional variety is more scrumptious than the mangoes available in other parts of the country. So, when you indulge in Langra Aam next summer, you know whom to thank for it.