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Scientists develop seedless mango

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A mango without the center pit. (iStock)

First there was the seedless grape. Then the watermelon. Now its the mango's turn for a futuristic update.

That monster pit can make cutting up mango a major pain --until now.

After nearly three years of research, scientists at the Bihar Agriculture University in Bihar, India have developed a mango without that fibrous core.

“We have developed a seedless mango variety from hybrids of mango varieties Ratna and Alphonso,” V.B. Patel, chairman of the horticulture department at the Bihar Agriculture University (BAU) confirmed to Indian news service IANS.

The new fruit is a called “Sindhu” and weighs in at 200 grams, a little less than half a pound. According to the chairman, the flesh of the Sindhu has a “rich, sweet and distinctive flavor.” Yet, it does not contain as much fiber as a normal mango.

Though the mango is not for sale yet, scientists are continuing to test the fruit and hope to make it available to farmers in time for the next growing season.