It is available for only a few weeks in a year. Yet, phalsa's sweet and sour taste will leave you asking for more VIBHA VARSHNEY
WHEN WE were in school, we would eagerly wait for the vendor’s call: kaale kaale phalse, sharbet wale phalse, thande meethe phalse, bade raseele phalse. And this call would make kids in the neighbourhood run out in the scorching sun during the summer vacation to buy a handful. The phalsa fruit has very little to chew on. The purple fruit—around a centimetre in diameter—is sweet and sour, and has only a thin layer of greenish white pulp over its seed.
What surprised me the most was that the vendor’s basket would have just a few fruits. I could not visualise the business sense of
VIKAS CHOUDHARY / CSE The phalsa fruit cannot be transported and has to be consumed quickly and locally