Saturday, 12 May 2012

‘King of fruits’ arrives in twin cities’ markets

ISLAMABAD - With the advent of summer, ‘King of Fruits’ mango, one of the most popular and best-loved fruits worldwide, can be seen abundantly in the markets of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The king of fruits is grown in Punjab and Sindh and is available in abundance from May to September. The fruit is not only eaten fresh, but is also used in making cakes, juices, jams and its young form is used to make chutneys and pickles.
It is popular and favourite fruit and is liked by everyone, regardless of age. Talking to APP, Shamsa, a housewife, said, “With the arrival of mangoes in the markets, my worries for breakfast or lunch of kids ends. Sometimes they take mango in slices, or take milk shakes or mango juices or mango with bread and I do not have to run behind them for food”.
Giving details about different varieties of mangoes, a vendor at Aabpara market said, “There are different varieties of mangoes, which includes Anwar Retol, Dasehri, Langra, Chaunsa, Sindhri, Saharni, Alphonso, Pairi, Fazli and Neelam”. Each type of mango has its own taste and uniqueness, and demand of Pakistani mangoes is much in the international market, he said.
Mangoes contain sugar, an important source of vitamin A, and contain vitamins B and C. Small amounts of protein, iron, calcium and phosphorus are also present. Mango is a delicious fruit grown in slightly less than ninety tropical and sub-tropical countries in the world. Asia, the original home of the fruit, provides about three-fourths of world mangoes.
With the increasing trend of food channels and cooking shows coming live on tv channels, the chefs uses different fruits in their recipes and especially, mango is the most favourite.
PNCA to launch book on old Lahore’s culture today: Pakistan National Council of the (PNCA) will launch a book on old Lahore’s culture and traditions entitled “Nae Reesan Sheher Lahore Diyan” by Dr Ajaz Anwar with illustrations here on May 10. The event is being organized by the Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, the PNCA and the House of Nanna trust. Dr Ajaz Anwar, Kishwar Naheed and other literary figures will speak on the occasion. The book contains 50 illustrations of cartoons and paintings based on social aspects of life of Lahore including traditional games, sports, food, apparels and many other topics.
Courtesy Pakistantoday

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