The Chausa or Chaunsa mango of Pakistan is certainly in the worlds’ top ten varieties available. It is an exceptionally sweet mango with a wonderful fragrance and delicious soft, succulent flesh with only the minimum of fibre. Externally, as with many Asian mangoes, it is not a fruit of beauty, usually being of a pale, matt yellow appearance, but once inside the thin peel it is a delight. In Urdu, the name Chausa means ‘sucker’, so named because the mango is so delicious that not a fragment can be left. Chausa has quite a thick stone and the flesh is a fairly light yellow in colour.
Ripening: Chaunsa is ripe when the tenderness of the flesh can be felt through the thin peel, the flesh is becoming quite soft and the peel colour is becoming a slightly deeper pale yellow. There may also be some slight wrinkling of the peel, which is not of concern. It is often possible to buy fruit that still has a green tinge to the peel: this doesn’t necessarily mean the fruit will be immature, especially by late July or August, though best to avoid in June, at the beginning of the season.
Origin: Rahim Yar Khan and Multan districts of Punjab in Pakistan.
Grown in: Pakistan
Harvest & Availability:
Late June to early September: from Pakistan