‘Achacha’ comes all the way from Bolivia to orchards in Kerala
Achachairu or achacha is a plant indigenous to the tropical country Bolivia but is suitable for the Kerala climate also. It has been introduced in the orchards of Kerala recently. It belongs to the family Mangosteen.
Achacha grows to a medium height and splits into multiple branches. The leaves are narrow and long and the plant produces sap from its parts. The saplings produced from seeds are used for propagation.
Loam soil in places where moderate sunlight is available is ideal for the growth of achacha. Though saplings grow slowly in the beginning, it starts growing fast once the branches emerge. It takes upto four years to bear fruit.
Fruits grow in bunches during winter season. When ripe, the fruits grow to the size of an egg and turns reddish yellow in colour. They taste sweet and can be consumed directly.