Moottil Pazham more superior than Apple or Mango

Thrissur: Even though a wild fruit, Mootil Pazham is rich in nutritional value. The advantages include more protein than apples, vitamins as much as amla and more carbohydrates than mango. The name is derived because they usually grow on the bottom of the trees commonly seen in Western ghats. The trees that flowered in February have berries blooming now, and by August, Mootil Pazham season arrives.

The scientific research on this fruit was led by Dr V.B. Sreekumar and Dr. G. Jayaraj, scientists in Peechi KFRI. The research done by DFO Dr G Prasad paved the way for scientific research. He discovered four varieties in his explorations to find the varieties of Mottil Pazham in the Sahyaparvath ranges. The most famous fruit is dark red. There are also fruits in yellowish-green, yellow and peach colours, rarely seen in deep forests.

What is Mottil Pazham

The scientific name is Baccaurea Courtallensis, and they are commonly seen in Western ghats from Coorg to Kuttalam. They are primarily seen in forests of districts like Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Thrissur, Kannur, and Kasargod. These are medium trees that are tall, around 15 meters. The fruit that resembles amla in size has three seeds. Dr. Prasad added that these trees could grow in the countryside, just like in Changanassery in Kollam.

It is the favourite fruit of animals like elephants, wild buffalos, deers, pigs, squirrels, monkeys, and hedgehogs. It is also famous among tribal communities. The social afforestation section sells the seedlings in the Kottayam forest department. Former agriculture minister V.S. Sunilkumar pointed out the Mottil Pazham tree grown by Baby Abraham, a farmer from Vannapuram Idukki.

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