Vishu is always one of the most celebrated festivals in Kerala. The urban dwellers still keep nostalgic memories of the Vishu related festivities including Vishukkani, Vishu Sadya, crackers and games. In villages, the traditional rituals are still followed with all fervour.
Among them most important is the Vishukkani, which is the first thing people see in the morning on Vishu day. It is believed that Vishukkani would bring prosperity and wealth to the family for the rest of the year. Since Keralites were mainly farmers in the past, the farm fresh vegetables and fruits were the main items for Vishukkani.
Now our lifestyle has changed a lot and even an entire Vishukkani kit can be purchased from the market. But it spoils the concept of farm freshness and purity. Malayalis have long forgotten the agrarian life we lived once. We should stick to organic life and try regain the virtue of nature-friendliness.
The highlight of every Vishukkani bowl is the ‘Kanivellari’ (golden cucumber/golden melon) for sure. Most of us go straight to the Vishu markets and buy the best cucumber available to prepare Kani next day. But for a change, we can try growing Kanivellari at our home. This year, Vishu is round the corner already. So, we can plan for next Vishu and take up a ‘Vishukkani challenge’.
It is ideal to sow the seeds by February first week in order to reap cucumber for Vishukkani. Mudikkod local, Saubhagya and Arunima varieties of cucumber are the best choice. Among them, seeds of Mudikkod local are big whereas Arunima has small seeds. Seeds can be collected from Agriculture University and seed selling points of Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Kerala (VFPCK).
Steps to grow Kanivellari
Pests & diseases
Kanivellari can be harvested within 55-60 days from the day of planting. Cucumber helps to keep our body cool and prevent any sort of digestion problems and jaundice. Let the festival of Vishu be pure and natural with the goodness of organic and farm fresh Kanivellari.