Rainbow Corn woos all to Rashid’s farm in Malappuram
Malappuram: It may look like native maize but if you peel it, you will be amazed to see a festival of colours. Rainbow corn gives you this visual treat. A fruit with a variety of colours such as white, yellow, red, orange, pink and black on a single crop.
Rainbow Corn is not so familiar to the Keralites. It was grown initially in Thailand but now it is available in Malappuram as well. This unique fruit is grown on the terrace of Pazhedathuveettil Abdul Rashid at Kodur Peringottupulam. He has cultivated Rainbow Corn on the terrace of his quarters building in Kunnummal.
The taste is similar to that of ordinary corn. The variety of colours are the main attraction. Different colours are found on each corn in a plant. Rashid says he has never heard of this kind of maize anywhere in Kerala. He experimented to grow four varieties. Two were brought from Thailand and the other two were given by a friend in the farmer's community.
“50 seedlings were grown in barrels in an area of 1500 square feet. Sweet corn and dragon fruit also cultivated here,” said the farmer.
Rainbow corns need good exposure to the sun. It will bloom within 50 days. Each seedling produces up to three corns each.
Abdul Rashid, who is a fruit wholesaler in Kunnummal, does not see farming as a source of income. He is also willing to give seeds to those who are interested in farming.
Rashid started fruit plantations nine years ago. At present, more than 400 fruit varieties are found on his farm. Most of the fruits are exotic varieties. There are about 45 varieties of Dragon Fruit alone. He started with Rambutan and Mangosteen.
Later, he experimented on Jabuticaba, Rolino fruit, Aletta Cherry, Duku, Abiu, Miracle Fruit, Ice Cream Bean, Pulasan, Spanish Lime, Governor Plum, Velvet Apple and many more.
He cultivates the fruits in his one-acre farmland.
Rashid visited many foreign countries to learn about fruits and collect seeds. The trip extended to 13 countries, including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
“I select fruits that are likely to grow in the climate of Kerala. Let the pandemic get over, many countries are on the list," said Rashid hopefully