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Fruit flies during India's annual mango tango

July 12, 1997
Web posted at: 11:19 p.m. EDT (0319 GMT)

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- The contestants, all young girls, were standing behind the table, poised and ready.

Squish. The tasty part of the mango pops out of the skin. Chew the sweet meat and toss the rest aside. Reach and squish again.

Messy, but tasty.

A mango-eating contest was one highlight of New Delhi's ninth annual mango festival, a celebration and tribute to what is known in India as the "king of fruits." The country produces about 60 percent of the world's mango supply.

The festival is designed to create more awareness of mangoes, of which there are nearly 560 varieties. They can be pickled. They also can be turned into jam.

But most of all, they can be eaten. Quickly.


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