News Desk: Mangoes are without a doubt the most loved seasonal fruit. From those yummy milkshakes to super-tasty ice creams, there are hundreds of options that a mango lover can try.
Although this fruit is widely consumed but people with diabetes are abstained from having this consume due to its high sugar content. But not anymore as three variations of sugar-free mangoes with a 4 to 6 percent sugar level have been developed by a Pakistani expert.
These mangoes are named Sonaro, Glenn, Keitt, and we’re made available in Pakistan’s markets. This mangoes were developed after scientific revisions were made in mangoes by a mango specialist at a private agriculture farm called M H Panhwar Farms in Sindh’s Tando Allahyar.
M H Panhwar’s nephew and a mango expert Ghulam Sarwar said, ‘The Government of Pakistan had conferred Sitara-e-Imtiaz on Mr Panhwar for his research related to fruits including mangoes and banana. After his death, I continued his work and carried out modification after importing different genres of mangoes [from foreign countries] to test its growth in this atmosphere and soil.”
This project is run on a personal basis without government’s assistance and that there are 44 such varieties available in their 300-acre farm including late, mid and early variations, said the mango specialist.
Sarwar said he concentrated on discovering new methods to boost the fruit’s shelf life and also control the sugar content for the diabetics. His emphasis is on developing new variants and also boosting mango production.
While variants like Sindhri and Chaunsa have 12 to 15 percent sugar, some variants have just 4-5 percent sugar level. ‘Keitt variety has the lowest sugar level up to 4.7 percent while Sonaro and Glenn have sugar level up to 5.6 percent and 6 percent respectively,” said Sarwar. The mangoes are priced reasonably so that it can be afforded by all. They are mostly available for 150 per kilogram.