Alappuzha: Fruit and juices have great demand in the scorching summer. In Alappuzha, ‘Pottu Vellari’ or Snap Melon is the real star among cool drinks to beat the heat.
It is called Pottu Vellari because of the cracks that appear on its skin when it gets ripe. Snap melon cultivation was first grown at Kodungallur in Thrissur. Later, farmers in Alappuzha also started to cultivate this healthy fruit.
It is largely grown during November to May. The fruit will be taken to make juice once it started to crack itself.
Pottu Vellari juice is available in most of the shops in south districts of Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur. Huge rush of customers is seen in a juice shop near Alappuzha collectorate.
However, snap melon farming is not much profitable for farmers. Farmers must be conscious while harvesting the fruit. If it gets crack, the farmers would not be able to sell it. Because it should be used immediately when the cracks are developed.
‘Pottu Vellari’ has rich amount of water content. Hence, consuming it will refresh the body and soothe the skin in the summer, said Dr Priya Devadath from Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala.
The juice has medicinal value to cure skin diseases from heat. The fruit is also a good source of vitamin B 6, Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium and Calcium, she added.