After seven years of waiting, Kunjumuhammed Ansari from Cheravannur in Malappuram could see his durian tree blooming and bearing fruits finally. The fruit is a distant relative of jackfruit and is rarely found in Kerala.
The seeds of durian were brought from Malaysia. Though small in size, durian fruit resembles jackfruit with its peel covered with thorns. Durian is notorious for its pungent odour, but is liked for its taste. Since it is rarely available in Kerala, it costs upto Rs 900 per kg.
Kunjumuhammed Ansari is the chairman of Global English School in UAE. He has cultivated quite a number of indigenous and foreign fruits in the 1.5 acre plot close to his house in Cheravannur in Malappuram.
Apart from durian, he has also grown santol, wood apple, limau kasturi, miracle fruit, dragon fruit, cinnamon and lemon grass in his land. He also maintains a vegetable garden in their house compound in Al Ain.
Having a passion for agriculture, he frequently comes to his native place from abroad for short vacations and produces green tea from the tea plant cultivated here. His wife Rasiya and children Muneer, Faseela, Rafeeda and Basila also supports him in his agricultural ventures.