Fruits and vegetables, especially cucumber fruits, flood the market in summer. Women can be seen selling the fruits on roadside.
Women from Iniyanur near Srirangam purchase these fruits and sell them in the city. “We buy a basket of 10 to 15 fruits a day for ₹ 500 and we have to sell them for at least ₹ 1000 to make a profit,” Krishnaveni says. The price of a fruit ranges from ₹ 30 depending on the size. Transport of these fruits in autorickshaws is expensive, another vendor, says. “We can’t bring them in buses as they are too delicate. We share the transport cost,” she adds.
The fruits are covered in banana leaves as they can easily shrink in the scorching sun. “We used to go from street to street to sell them. Now, weather is harsh. So, we sit here and people moving in vehicles stop to make the purchase, says Ms. Ranganayaki, sitting on the side of Pudukottai Main Road flyover between the Head Post Office and TVS Toll Gate.
The flavour of the fruit is sweet and less acidic than common green cucumber. Jaggery powder is sprinkled on the fruit and eaten. Cucumber fruit juice is popular. Even seeds are used to make halwa,” says Ms. Krishnaveni.
Although it is believed that letting cucumber ripen is harmful, these fruits are great for hydration and vitamin C. They are an excellent source of energy and carbohydrates. They are a great coolant even for those with diabetes. They help to hydrate the body when the temperatures soar. One does not need to worry about consuming it, says P Tamilarasan, Assistant Professor, Periyar E.V.R. College.
(source : The Hindu)