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Date with fruits

Staff ReporterG. Anand



HOT FAVOURITE: Street vendors selling Indian jujube (Zizyphus Mauritiana) are a regular sight in Thiruvananthapuram these days. Sourced from Andhra Pradesh, the fruits resemble apples when sliced, and are priced at Rs.20 per kg. Photo: C. Ratheesh K umar

Thiruvananthapuram: After cheap electronic goods, it is Indian jujube that are flooding the local market. With the onset of summer, there is a huge demand for these succulent fruits, which are sold by street vendors in the city.

Many, who bought the fruits out of curiosity, have turned regular buyers. The botanical name for Indian jujube is Zizyphus Mauritiana. Some have rejected the new entrant for staple summer fruits such as papaya, orange, pineapple and watermelon.

Summer has also brought business for fruit juice sellers and ice-cream vendors. Several new shops have opened for the season in the city.

There is also a huge demand for jackfruits and tender cocounts. However, mango varieties are yet to appear in the market.

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