Looks like apple, tastier than fish fry; wanna try?
Most of us may get puzzled if someone asked the name of a vegetable that looks like an apple and tastes like fish fry. The round brinjal (Unda Vazhuthana) commonly farmed at Vellannoor in Kozhikode is quite different in shape and taste. It looks like an apple and when fried with masala, it tastes better than king mackerel fish fry.
This brinjal variety is widely cultivated in Vellannoor near Chettikkadavu in Kozhikode. When it comes to profit, Vellannoor round brinjal produces upto 10 kg from a single plant. Due to the unique taste and huge profit, the locals prefer this brinjal over other vegetables.
Planting and maintenance
- Vellannur brinjal is propagated by sowing seeds.
- Make potting mixture by adding sand, soil, cow dung powder or compost and neem cake in 3:3:3:1 ratio.
- Spread the seeds on the potting mixture and spread sifted soil above it.
- Mulch the flowerbed with tamarind leaves or other small leaves and water it on alternate days.
- After the seeds sprout, replant them into polythene covers filled with potting mix.
- The rooted saplings can be later replanted into larger growbags or flowerpots.
- In large scale cultivation, Vellannoor brinjal can be planted for intercropping in coconut plantations.
Providing organic fertilizers once in a month will boost growth. Cow dung powder, vermicompost, diluted vermiwash and diluted cow urine, neem cake and groundnut cake can be applied in moderate amount.
If sufficient amount of water and fertilizers are provided, brinjal blooms and bears fruit within two months. The brinjals will be ready for harvest within 15 days. Some brinjals may weigh upto 500 grams.
Sapling of Vellannoor brinjal is available at Vellannoor farm. Chandran, a native famer, has put for sale its saplings at Block Level Federation Market.
For more details, contact at: 9961460030