Fruit that fights diabetes: Mahkota Dewa flourishes in Tom’s farm
Choosing a variety crop, Kottayam Pallikkathod native Tom Antony is cultivating ‘Mahkota Dewa’ fruit (God’s Crown fruit) on large scale.
The plant grows up to the height of a person and splits into multiple branches.
It starts bearing fruits within two years. The red fruits cannot be directly consumed.
The fruit is used as a medicine for diabetes in Indonesia.
The ripe fruits of Mahkota Dewa are collected, dried and cut into pieces. These pieces are boiled in water and drunk after cooling down.
About 50 Mahkota Dewa plants are nurtured in Tom’s orchard. They are planted under medium shade and are irrigated during summer.
Tom uses only bio manures in the farm. Mahkota Dewa yields multiple times a year. Tom gives out seeds and saplings of the fruit to those who come in search of it.