Leaving behind a sour taste

The once abundant njaaval pazham or black plum has gone out of reach of the common man with a price tag of Rs 300

Published: 19th June 2017 10:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2017 03:35 AM   |  A+A-

Black plums for sale in the city  Kaviyoor Santhosh

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  At first glance it’s easy to mistake them for dates or even grapes. A closer look will tell you that Kerala has begun to depend on its neighbours for yet another fruit once abundantly found here in the countryside and even towns. 

Tamil vendors selling ‘njaaval pazham’ in push carts have become a common sight in the state capital this monsoon season. And the price is a stunner; Rs 300 a kilo! According to the vendors the fruit is being sourced in large quantities from Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh.

“There are plantations there. The fruit is packed and brought to the Chalai market here for distribution,” Vedhi, a vendor at Vellayambalam, said. According to him, the fruit, properly refrigerated, will keep for two days. And despite the exorbitant price, the fruit is finding takers in the city, vendors say. 

The njaaval variety from Andhra Pradesh is slightly bigger than the ones found in Kerala. The sourness content also is higher. The njaaval (scientific name - Syzygium cumini) is native to the Indian sub-continent, and also goes by the names ‘jamun’ ‘jambol’ or simply ‘black plum.’ Slightly sweet, slightly sour, njaaval - like wine, which it is also used to make - is an acquired taste. In Ayurveda, it is used to control diabetes. Eating a few will also leave a purple tint on your tongue.

Tangy fruit
lNjaaval Pazham from Andhra Pradesh finds takers in the capital city
lPriced at Rs 300 a kilo lTamil vendors sell the fruit in pushcarts

Stay up to date on all the latest Thiruvananthapuram news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.