Sea­sonal relish

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

Down to Earth - - FOOD -

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

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