Fruits in Konkan
Konkan is popular for beaches, seafood and fruits. Konkan is compared with california due to rich and versatile fruit availability. Here’s the list fruits that will please your taste taste buds apart from malvani cuisine.
Alphonso Mango or Haapus
Mango is king of all fruits. Different types of Mangoes are popular in country and world. But the best quality Haapus popular worldwide grows in konkan. This fruit has demand from throughout country and international level. Mango is available in season of March to June.
When cashew is mentioned, white dry fruit comes to our mind. But cashew is not all that. Cashew seed grows outside fruit, attached to bottom of cashew apple. Cashew apple is juicy and rich in iron. Cashew seeds are dried under sun and roasted in hot sand. This roasted seeds are break opened to get cashew we use as dry fruit for our daily use. Due to high price and demand of cashew, cashew trees are cash crops for people in konkan. Cashew sprouts are cooked in spices to prepare dish.
Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit. It has a thorn like steam on the skin but has a soft fleshy seed inside which is eaten raw.
Jackfruit seeds are also dried and fried and taste good.
Jamun or Black plum. Jamun trees are very common in konkan region. Jamun is called as Jambhul in konkan. Jamun is a seasonal fruit available from February to May every year. Jamuns are dark violet in color size and shape much similar to black grapes but has big seed inside. Jamun seeds has medical usage. Jamun seeds powder is used in Herbal tea to control blood sugar level for diabetes patients.
conkerberry or simply Karvanda. It looks much similar to cranberry. It’s a wild fruit found in konkan region especially on hillside parts. Conkerberry is seasonal fruit. It grows during April to june. This sweet and sour juicy fruit is round shaped dark skinned with red juicy flesh inside. It tastes better with some sea salt sprinkled on it. Raw conkerberrys are used in pickles.
Torana is a seasonal wild fruit that grows in hill areas and wild parts of konkan. White and tiny in size, it tastes sweet like sugar. Season of Torana comes before season of Conkerberry. This fruit is favourite food of birds. You will often find Toranas bitten by birds on bushes.
Local name for Star fruit is Karmal. Star fruit is another common fruit in konkan, that you may not find in rural areas. Star fruit is commonly available in major parts of Goa. Star fruit is rich in vitamin c. Star fruit is favourite fruit of parrots. Star fruit is used in pickles also.
Water apple is known by name Jaam in konkan region. Water apple is a small juicy fruit with 2-3 seeds inside. Its taste is not too sweet. Water apple is juicy and rich in fiber. Water apple is found in 2 colors, red and white.
Banana trees are so common that you may find a banana tree near place to wash hands outside every house in konkan. Bananas are rich source of carbs. You can enjoy naturally ripened bananas on tree in konkan.
Guava tree is another common fruit tree you will find in konkan.
Breadfruit is commonly known as Neer fanas. It belongs to jackfruit family and looks like miniature version of ripened jackfruit. Breadfruit is cooked with spices and eaten with roti.
Although coconut is not a fruit, we simply eat like other fruits. It is a cash crop for people in konkan. Coconut water here has very different taste than we get from tender coconuts
in mumbai brought from kerala.
This fruit is less known because it is not consumed directly as a fruit. But known for the product that comes from this fruit is Kokam. Kokam is key ingredient in making Solkadhi and Kokam Sarbat. To make kokam, Ratamba is cut opened, seeds are removed and skin part is marinated with salt. Now ratamba is dried in sunshade and what we get is kokam. Kokam is used in fish curry also. making and selling Kokam is a business for lot of families in konkan.
Betel Nut is another cash crop that grows in konkan. Betel nut tree bears fruit all year. Betel nut is used in betel quid, known as Paan.
One More fruit I left to mention is this fruit. This is so rare i have only seen 2 trees of it and both trees exist in my village devbaug only. English name for this fruit is not known. Local name for fruit is Pichu. Fruit tastes sweet and we do not eat skin part. Pichu seeds are same as chiku seeds, Flesh part resembles custard apple. I asked people if it was hybrid of chiku and any other fruit, but answer was no. they said Pichu tree is more than 100 years old. If you know this fruit and know english name by any chance, please comment down below.
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