Vadakara: Aroor near Vadakara, Kozhikode is ready with its famed olor mangoes. The mangoes that bloomed slightly late this year are getting buyers from far and wide. The mangoes, famed for their taste and their natural ripening process have already received a rousing response from the mango lovers and traders who have come and fixed the prices for the mangoes already. In some places plucking has begun too.
The farmers used to go to the markets at Thalassery, Kozhikode and Vadakara to sell their produce earlier. These days, organic quality of the mangoes are attracting enough buyers that sales are fixed at the farms itself. Green mangoes have more takers and the sellers promise Rs 40 compared to the market rate of Rs 60.
Like all other field produces, mango farming is also facing immense crisis in the form of cost, says Kuniyel Gopalan, a farmer who has been in the business for long. The pluckers work from seven in the morning and finish before twelve in the noon, demanding Rs 1000 from the farmers. Even when the mango sales are fixed, there are very few takers for the tall trees as the cost is higher.
Olor mangoes are a prized gift for the people of Olor. They not only cultivate this in almost every household, but also take it as a gift to friends and family far and wide. Olor mangoes are eaten with powdered pepper and as an accompaniment to rice, gruel and tea.