Nedumangad: The much-preferred breadfruits (‘Kadachakka’), especially in the rural regions of Kerala have become rare here. The decline in the yield of breadfruits is caused by a disease that affected the breadfruit trees two months ago. It costs Rs 90 to Rs 110 per kilogram in the market. However, the low harvest made breadfruits unavailable in the market.
The scarcity of breadfruits shifted focus toward another unique variety of jackfruit, ‘Kullan Chakka’. This small jackfruit variety contains only two to three pods within it but the taste is incredible.
A single jackfruit tree will have hundreds of fruits at the same time. This variety is abundantly available in the regions of Palode, Nandiyodu and Perayam in Thiruvananthapuram. A farmer Surendran informed that he could obtain 200 to 300 jackfruits of ‘Kullan Chakka’ from a tree annually.