Navdhari Bhindi also known as the Shravani Bhendi or Gavathi Bhendi in Marathi is a variety of the lady’s finger/okra. It gets it names Navdhari from the 9 distinct segment that it has on its surface.
Kantola / spine gourd, the small spiny vegetable can easily pass as a distant relative of the bitter gourd. They look somewhat similar in appearance but there is no similarity in taste.
“There’s nothing daft about breadfruit.”
– Mutiny on the Bounty ( 1962)
“Breadfruit. It is breadfruit !!”, was my reaction.
Around a month back, an old childhood friend messaged stating that there is a plant growing in her backyard and she wanted me to see it. Time flew by and I absolutely forgot about it. Suddenly one afternoon last week she again messaged me stating about it so I went to meet her.
The moment I saw it I couldn’t resist smiling. It was Breadfruit.Read More »All about the Breadfruit / Nirphanas: Origin, history, and usage.
Lime Kassia or Orange Lime, I still remember the first time I saw it. They were such gorgeous green beauties that I bought almost a dozen of them. But little did I know that I was in for a surprise cause when I cut them they looked like oranges. Over the years, now its a regular ingredient at my place.
When it comes to vegetables and fruits, I love buying them fresh from the local farmers. Most of them know that apart from buying the usual I also love exploring and trying out new/local vegetables and fruits. So one of the ladies who is also a local farmer got me a strange yellow-looking food- The Palmyra Sprout and asked me to peel it before I eat. She mentioned it came from the same plant from which Tadgola / ice apples are obtained. On further probing and a little bit of research, here is what I found about this gorgeous beauty.
Pomelo tree grows right in front of my house in my hometown in Kokan. It is a huge tree and bears equally huge fruits. As a kid, it always made me wonder as to how the Pomelo/papnus could stay up there hanging on a single thin stem. Also, why the only person who would be excited about the fruits was my grandpa, and while everyone disliked it because of it sour and tangy taste.