Pakistan’s embassy in Ankara, the Turkish capital, held a mango festival on Monday, during which guests had the chance to taste the world-famous Pakistani mangoes as well as several local dishes.
The Mango Festival is part of a series of activities and events held to commemorate 75 years of Pakistan’s independence – Pakistan’s Diamond Jubilee.
Welcoming the guests, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey, Syrus Sajjad Qazi, said the mango – known as the “king of fruits” – is an integral part of Pakistan’s history and rich culture, as it has been cultivated on its land since antiquity. The Ambassador reiterated that Pakistan is the sixth largest producer and fourth largest exporter of mangoes in the world. There are over 200 varieties of high quality mangoes including Sindhri, Anwar Ratol, Langra, Maldah, Dusehri, Fajri and others.
During the festival, freshly cut Chaunsa, the most popular variety of mango, and a wide range of mango delicacies such as ice cream, milkshakes, lassi, salads, pickles and desserts made from freshly arrived mangoes from Pakistan were served to the guests. The sweet mango delights were complemented by savory dishes including biryani made from high quality Pakistani basmati rice and a selection of Pakistani dishes.
The event brought together a large number of Turkish dignitaries, members of the diplomatic corps, the Pakistani community and members of the press, serving to further strengthen the close cultural and bilateral ties between Turkey and Pakistan.