Litchis arrive in markets

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 May 2018 11:48:21


Staff Reporter

Like mangoes, luscious litchis are another flavorsome and delicious fruit that makes an appearance during summer and has started arriving in Steel City markets. The fruit is about the size of a small plum and has a red, leathery peel that gives way to flesh that’s sweet, juicy and translucent. Due to its traditional features litchi has great demand in the city and is presently sold at Rs 150-180 per KG. Summer may be dreaded due to unscheduled power cut and soaring temperatures, but the season is incomplete without the aroma of naturally ripened litchis and their sweet taste. Even though litchis have arrived in city market but there are few takers and the reason is that the fruits lacks it original sweetness.

Ajit Singh a customer purchasing litchi from a vendor at Power House market said litchis have arrived quite early this year in the city so are smaller than the normal size this might be because they have been harvested prematurely. “Normally they reach the city market in May end but it has arrived much earlier this year so the real taste and size is missing still as it is a seasonal fruit and my kids love to eat litchis I have purchased it,” added Ajit . Local vendor Ramesh Sahu says “Normally the fruits are destroyed within two or three days of plucking if not preserved properly, so the prize is little high. But by May end, we are expecting the good varieties of litchis will arrive in the market.” Customers seemed to be enjoying the fruit despite the sweltering heat and high prize.
“We look forward that more litchis arrive the city to meet the demand. Litchis may be eaten as fruit or used to make delicious sherbet, squash, ice cream, pudding and fruit salad. It’s important for urban consumers to experience the taste of real fruit instead of junk foods,” said Nupur Verma, a customer.