At home with velchi

Exiting the inner room Wifey remarked, “It’s a great feeling picking up fruit from a branch and eating it.” She had a couple of them in hand and was munching on one.
velchiThe ‘branch’ was in fact, not one but a bunch of bananas hung from the ceiling with a string to hasten their riping. It’s really fun picking up fruits from a bunch rather than taking them out from a fruit bowl. That’s the pleasure of being a farmer!
It was my maiden harvest of the velchi or the elaichi variety–the saplings were gifted to me by the veteran Vasaikar and a family friend, Marcus Dabre, some two years back. (Read about my earlier post on velchi https://sundayfarmer.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/in-search-of-velchi/)
Velchi is unique in one way. While the other varieties ripen without their skins changing much colour velchi achieves the yellow hue within a week ads if announcing ‘Yes, I am ready to be eaten.’

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