mango vs coconut
sadhuji
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#1
| Maha Guru Member

mango vs coconut

:cool: Every country has its national flag followed by its national flower, national animal, national bird, national fruit and, of late, a multitude of national heroes! A Google search reveals that there are umpteen plus sites devoted to these subjects – the national animal, tiger (tiger panthera tigris) – 1,450, 000; the national bird, peacock (pavo cristatus) – 707,000; the national flower, lotus (nelumbo nucifera) – 525,000; and the national fruit, mango – 651,000. However, just as the national animal sometimes gets mixed up – is it the tiger or the cow – similarly, there seems to be a mix-up about the national fruit – is it still the mango or is it the coconut? The reasons are not far to see – where the animals are concerned, at every opportunity we bring up the bovine animal into the picture and weave all sorts of controversies around it while we seldom talk about the dwindling population of the canine counterpart – the tiger.

Mango is no doubt, the King of fruits – whether it is the Ratnagiri hapus of Maharastra or the chausa of Lucknow or the Fajli or Himsagar varieties of Bengal, these wonderful creations of God are unparalleled. Before ripening, these can be converted into pickles – both of the sweet and the sour varieties. Once ripe, they serve as refreshing desserts. Chilled Mango juice is gaining popularity. Some varieties taste like heaven once the juice is squeezed and sugar is added to the resultant semi solid along with a few spices. Some prefer to dry these semi solids, layer after later and preserve the final product that goes by the name of ‘amsatta’.

The coconut pales into insignificance against this backdrop. But they are also climbing the pop chart – slowly but steadily. Once upon a time, these were grown only in the sea coasts of Kerala and Karnataka apart from the river banks and waters of Bengal. It was given to understand that salty water was good for these trees. To prove the point, visuals of the Caribbean islands can be referred. But, the fact remains that today the coconut has spread its tentacles. Coconut trees are a common sight in practically every new bungalow constructed in different parts of the country. And – ad jingles promoting coconut oils as the best for shiny hair add more weight to the subject.

The debate would be an interesting one – mango versus coconut!!

It would provide food for thought for a section of the people who are certain to argue that apart from catering to the taste buds, there is no other reason to vote for the mango. The coconut, on the other hand, serves as a source of pure drink, is a good food, its shells are made into toys, the fibers of the coconuts are used to make ropes etc etc.. And, of course, Bollywood has lifted the coconut from the category of an ordinary fruit to something special by naming a character as Narielpaniwallah!!

Can the mango boast of any such connection?

other interesting links on india and indian culture:
http://peekayjee28.blogspot.com – sweets of india
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– festivals of india {glasses}
mooning over a moon journey

4 Replies

#2
| back to my old ways
excellent post, sadhuji!

Mango and coconut somehow does not seem to be an equal comparison. One is seasonal, the other is available round the year. One is an object of desire, the other is a necessity ( for many).

mango can be associated with words like "divine", "delicious", "mmm" etc., but coconut is quite matter-of-fact. it is an ingredient most of the time. except for the narialpani. can one do without coconut? i can't, most coastal communities can't. If you aren't eating them, you need them for your hair. or whatever.

I like both of them. I run after mangoes during the season. but i dont run after coconuts. it is just part of the usual grocery/vegetable purchases.

coconut farms have spread into many states now, and seem to be doing well.
miles to go....

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#3
| Senior Member
coconut is less of a fruit and more of a fruit-vegetable. I did not even know there would be such a debate.
#4
| Guru

coconut!

its more versatile than the mango and has much longer shelf life.

Tender coconut makes a delicious snack and the water a refreshing (and sterile) drink. coconut can be eaten as is, or cooked as part of the entree-- in curries and such. Coconut is used in desserts and sweets. Dried coconut (copra) is also used in cooking. And most importantly coconut sap can be fermented into toddy or distilled into feni.
The world coconut can also be used to describe people -- brown on the outside, white in the inside:)
#5
| Senior Member

Originally posted by: crvlvr
The world coconut can also be used to describe people -- brown on the outside, white in the inside:)


So what kind of person does the mango describe -- green on the outside, but saffron on the inside? ;)

Personally, I see no antagonism between coconuts and mangos. They go well together:
Mango Coconut Cucumber Salad
Mango and Coconut Rice

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