How a rare mango called for security in India's MP
- The mangoes are of the Japanese Miyazaki breed
- They were sold at Rs 2.70 lakh per kg in the international market last year
- They are known as 'eggs of the Sun' in India
Some thieves broke into a Madhya Pradesh couple's mango orchard last year. They managed to steal some mangoes but the owner learned their lesson and employed guards to safeguard their mangoes from future robbery. Do you also think that it's a little dramatic to employ guards to save mangoes? No, it is not when the mangoes cost 2.7 lakhs a kilogram.
Rani and Sankalp Parihar, the owner of the precious orchard planted two mango saplings a few years back in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur. But unlike their other plants, the tree developed and bore unusual ruby-coloured mangoes. On further investigation, they found out that the mangoes are of Japanese Miyazaki breed, reported Hindustan Times.
According to the Japanese media reports, Miyazaki mangoes are one of the most expensive in the world and sold at Rs 2.70 lakh per kilogram in the international market last year. In India, these are known as eggs of the Sun.
When the word got out, thieves attempted to steal their valuable mangoes time and again. After this, Parihars employed four guards and six dogs to guard the trees and seven mangoes.
On being asked where he found this rare plant, Parihar told HT, "I was on my way to Chennai to buy some saplings for my orchard when I met a man on the train. He offered me some saplings and asked me to take care of these plants like babies." The mangoes later turned out to be Japanese Miyazaki.
Parihar, who was unaware of the type, named the mangoes after her mother, Damini. " For me, it will remain Damini," said Sankalp.
Rani told HT that they are getting attractive offers from across the country. A businessman offered them Rs 21,000 for one mango while a jeweller from Mumbai was ready to pay whatever price they quote.
"But have made it clear to everyone that we are not willing to sell the plants, rather, we'll use them to grow more saplings," said Rani Parihar.