Kayyur: Mosambi grows in the soil of Kasargod also, evident from the mosambi tree that bears green and yellow fruits all over the branches, on the courtyard of Thekkumbadan Ramakrishnan at Challuvakod near Cheruvathur.
Ramakrishnan, a porter, had bought mosambis home a few years ago. His family had the fruit and simply threw away its seeds and peel on to the courtyard. One of the seeds grew into a tree but did not bloom or bear fruit for 6-7 years. Though his family had once thought about cutting down the useless tree, later they let it grow.
Proving their decision to be true, the mosambi tree has started bearing fruit for the past three years. Each year, they got nearly 200 mosambi fruits from the tree. ‘The fruits are very sweet and fragrant. We make juice from it’, says the householders. Unfortunately, the fruits seem to fall off the tree this year, and they have taken the mosambi to Pilicode agricultural research station to find the reason.
Moosambi or sweet lemon is usually found aplenty in South East Asian countries. The fruit is a rich source of Vitamin C and potassium, which is why people have it for treating fatigue. Mosambi is an ideal fruit for protection of skin and hair, and overall healthcare as well.