Summer is almost here in the U.S. and who doesn’t miss the exotic smell and the taste of luscious, good ol’ Indian mangoes, like alphonso, dasheri and other famous varieties of the fruit. The good news is that now mango lovers in the U.S. can lay their hands on the “king of fruits,” which will be shipped here all the way from India.

Karnataka state, which is one of the top mango growing states in India, with at least 1.7 lakh hectares in 16 districts used for cultivation of the fruit, is planning to export close to 2,000 tons of mangoes, marking the first time such a large consignment of the fruit is being exported to the U.S., according to a report in the New Indian Express.

The first batch was reportedly set to have been shipped out last week.

Kadregowda, managing director of the Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Limited, told the publication that alphonso, banganapalli, kesar and dasheri varieties of the fruit will be sent the U.S., adding that until last year mangoes from the state were exported to the U.K., Australia, the Gulf countries and Malaysia.

He added that last year, too, the state had sent mangoes to the U.S., but only as samples.

Kadregowda said the consignment is larger this year as the mangoes have met U.S. specifications.

“They have been given hot water treatment, gama treatment to avoid insects, and naturally ripened (without use of carbide). A team from the U.S. had even visited our facility center in Kolar and given their approval. Similar facilities will be set up at Madikeri and Hubballi by the end of this month. This will help us export to more countries,” he said.

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