First came seedless grapes. Now, Indian scientists have developed
what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is
finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive
flavour when mature.
"We have developed a seedless mango variety from hybrids of mango
varieties Ratna and Alphonso," V.B. Patel,chairman of the
horticulture department at the Bihar Agriculture University(BAU)
at Sabour in Bhagalpur district, told IANS.
Trials of the new variety, named Sindhu, are under way at
different locations in the country but the result of the one at
BAU suggests it could be suitable for both integrated
horticulture and kitchen gardening.
"We are happy and enthuastic as well as confident and hopeful of
improving the seedless mango variety," Patel said.
He said that an average fruit weighs 200 grams and its pulp,
which is yellowish in colour, has less fibre than other mango
He said the trials of the Sindhu variety, originally developed at
the regional fruit research station of the Konkan Krishi
Vidyapeeth at Dapoli in Maharashtra's Konkan region, has thrown
up good fruiting on a three-year-old plant this year. It
generally grows in bunch and the fruit matures in the middle of
BAU vice chancellor M.L. Choudhary said the university has, on an
experimental basis, decided to recreate plants of this variety
and make them available to Bihar's mango growers during the next
"The seedless variety also has good export potential. The
university would provide quality plants to mango growers in 2015
to exploit the export market," he added.
Patel said our trial has successfully established that seedless
mango could be grown in local condition.