There are a wide variety of fruits found in Kerala. In this article, let us check out some fruits commonly found in Kerala. If you go on a Kerala trip, do not miss eating these fruits.
Banana is ubiquitous in Kerala. It is available in Kerala throughout the year and it is estimated that about 60 to 70 tonnes of different varieties of bananas are exported from Kerala every day. The popular varieties are palayankodam, poovan, nenthrapzham, ethapazham, kathali, chenkathali, robesta etc. The common colours are yellow, purple and red. Ripe bananas are very sweet and they can be eaten whereas unripe bananas can be cooked. Banana chips (bananas deep fried in oil) are a popular evening snack and people also have traditional Kerala meals on banana leaves. If you are a foodie, you will not miss having a banana on your Kerala trip.
Jack fruit is another delicious fruit available in Kerala. This fruit is large and fleshy and covered with thorny tubercles. The ripe jack fruit with its yellow coloured pulp is tasty and can be had directly. The unripe jackfruit can be cooked and had as a meal. There are various varieties of jackfruits and they can be used for preparation of jams, chutneys, chips, candies and other canned products.
This tasty fruit is cultivated on a large scale in many places in Kerala. Pineapple as a fruit is a treat for your taste buds and is great for digestion. Pineapple is also commonly had as juice. Pineapple pachady, is a traditional food of Kerala and is a must have for foodies on their Kerala trip.
The cashew fruit has a unique taste; the flesh of the cashew apple is cottony and fibrous, and the juice has a sweet taste of citrus flavour. The nuts of the cashew apple have great value as dry fruits. Cashew is a very unique to Kerala. On your Kerala tripdo not miss out on this fruit.
Mango fruit is one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruit with unique flavour, taste and fragrance. No wonder then, it is called the king of fruits. It can be eaten raw or ripe. Mango can also be processed to make various other products. Ripe mangoes can be processed to juice, jams, jellies, nectars and preserves.Unripe mangoes can be used for making pickles, chutneys and various other dishes.
Guava trees are small shrubby evergreen trees, with a lot of strong bony like branches found in Kerala. The main variety of guava cultivated and sold in Kerala is the apple guava. The fruits are fleshy and have a sweet taste.Each fruit also contains numerous tiny, semi-hard edible seeds. Guavas are rich in dietary fibre vitamins A and C,folic acid and the dietary minerals potassium,copper and manganese.The different parts of the tree have medicinal properties. The decoction of the leaves and bark of this tree are sued for treating various ailments such as diarrhoea, dysentery, vomiting and sore throats, and also for regulating the menstrual cycles. So, on your Kerala trip get hold of a guava for its delicious taste as well as its great health benefits.