Visit to the orchard this year, 17 June, 2018
There is an eternal connection between the king of fruits and Awadh. It was not only relished by Nawabs but was a much-guarded and prized possession of their orchards. The city favourite Dussehri developed from the mother tree in Dussehri village of Kakori. The mango was never sold and the first fruit of the season was presented to the Nawab. A farmer’s tree was once even impounded in Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula’s reign so that its fruit did not fall in the hands of commoners. Another historical account also says that the trade of Dussehri first began in Awadh. The Dussehri belt of Lucknow was raised by Pathans who settled here towards the end of the Mughal period. The love for mangoes was not restricted to only nawabs but the poets too relish it.
Historian Yogesh Pravin says, “Each time Mirza Ghalib had to go to Kolkata from Delhi to collect his pension, he insisted to go via Lucknow so that he could eat Dussehri and other mangoes.” it's hardly surprising then that Ghalib composed a masnavi "dar sift e amba" There are several anecdotes of Ghalib for his love for mangoes.
Dassehri mangoes are known as the “mother” mango to many varieties. They are considered “table” mangoes, meaning they are most often eaten fresh, out of hand.
Kakori, a small yet wonderful town at the outskirts of Lucknow where people live a healthy life under the thick jungle of mango plants.
It is situated 14 km north of Lucknow. More widely known for its palatial houses of gentry of Oudh. Besides that, this place specializes in Zardozi work , chikankari work. This place is also famous for its delicious foods especially Kawabs famously known as Kakori Kawabs and another food attraction of this place is mangoes.
This place is more notable because of massive conspiracy that took place on August 9, 1925 in Kakori by Indian revolutionaries who were involved in Indian Independence Movement. The conspiracy of a train near Kakori station is more known as the Kakori conspiracy or kakori case. The revolutionaries comprised Ram Prasad Bismill, Ashfaq ullah Khan, Rajendra Lahiri & others involved in the Indian independence movement. A memorial to those revolutionaries exists in the town.
Not only this, if we talk about old Kakori at the time of British Raj, this place also known for producing hundreds of civil servants in British India who served all over the country. It was the leading town in Oudh that supplemented the culture of Lucknow.
Major-General Sir W. H. SLEEMAN, in his book "JOURNEY THROUGH THE KINGDOM OF OUDH", IN 1849-1850 ; Volume. 2 wrote about kakori "The little town of Kakoree, about ten or twelve miles from Lucknow, has, I believe, more educated men, filling high and lucrative offices in our civil establishments, than any other town in India except Calcutta."
If we come to its present set of generation. This place has produced excellent poets mainly in Urdu. This place is rich in Urdu Literature. Many notable personality like poet Mohsin Kakorvi , Noorul Hasan Nayyier, the compiler of Nurul Lughaat, one of the authentic Urdu Dictionary to date, the satirist Ghulam Ahmed Alavi 'Furqat Kakorvi' to name a few.
The Most of all kakori is famous for the king of fruits in India and worldwide. The famous Persian poet Amir Khusrau called the mango Naghza Tarin Mewa and that goes well with the king of fruits Dussehri.
Dussehri mangoes are very distinctive and savory in taste, widely adore by many Indians. There is something uniquely delicious about Dassehri mangoes. They effortlessly conquer your hearts with their sweetness, aroma, and succulence. The sweetest mango among popular varieties, the tropical fruit arrives fresh from the beautiful farms here. In the 18th century, the Dassehri mango first appeared in the gardens of Nawab of Lucknow. Since then numbers of Dassehri plants have been produced and planted throughout India. People from village Dassehri near Kakori have the mother plant of Dassehri mango which gave this variety of mango same name. This mother plant belonged to the orchards of Late Mohammad Ansar Zaidi. This mother plant is said to be around 200 years old.