Another reason to be in Goa this summer. Beat the heat and tickle your taste buds with the Konkan fruit festival. See a number of delicious fruits. An eclectic variety of mangoes, jackfruit, to name a few.
Hosted by The Botanical Society of Goa, the Konkan Fruit Festival is an annual event. Usually held at the Campal promenade in Panaji from April 21st to 23rd. Unlike other years, this year, berries of Goa will be the highlight of the fest along with plantains and bananas. Mangoes will take a back seat. Many fruit-linked competitions will be held as well as a range of local and exotic fruits will be on display.
Go Berries and Bananas this festival!
Goa’s fertile soil and humid climate produce a number of tasty berries and fruit. Some names in the berry family are almost unheard of. But to those who know them, these berries are a must-have. Berries usually grow in summer, most of them on the hilly climes of Goa. Some can be grown in one’s own backyard as well. Names like Kantam, Bhinna, Kokum, Jhamblam, chunam and chirputtam are some of the most sought-after berries.
Besides mangoes, jackfruits, cashews, guavas and tasty berries, Goa also produces a variety of bananas and plantains. Of them, the most famous are the Moira bananas. Also topping the list – the Velchi, tiny in size, but highly sought after for its taste and health benefits.
The National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Varanasi will organise a talk on ‘Dragon Fruit’. Don Bosco College of Agriculture, Sulcorna and Ramanata Crisna Pai Raikar Institute of Agriculture, Ponda will also participate. The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries have partnered the event. ICAR Goa, the State Forest Department and the Western Ghat Kokum Foundation will also be participating.
So beat the heat with berries and bananas at the Konkan Fruit Festival, at Campal Panjim from 21st to 23rd April, 2017.
Pic. Credit: Bongong