As mentioned in several earlier posts, India is a treasure trove. All you need to do is LOOK.
While hunting for THE ROOTS OF INDIA ( do see my earlier post titled EXOTIC ANCIENT ROOTS) in the local vegetable market , I discovered a fruit which used to grow in my grandfathers estate called “CHAMPA” . I was overwhelmed as I was transported back in time to the 1960s.
The “Karonda” is a sour fruit when raw and grows on bushes with sharp-pointed thorns ( hence the name CHRIST’S THORN) . It turns into a beautiful plum coloured fruit when ripe..
It is loaded with Iron and Vitamin C and has many medicinal applications. Please check out on Google.
Unfortunately the Karonda or as i call them SOUR CHERRIES are now an exotic fruit and rarely seen or heard of. They are used to make jams and pickles at home.
Karonda ( Hindi): Christ’s Thorns ( English) : Carissa carandas ( Botanical name)
Please do comment if you have heard or seen of this fruit before? I understand it is widely grown in Ethiopia as well.
What is the history of this fruit, can anyone enlighten us?
These sour cherries worked as a time machine as they engulfed me in a wave of Nostalgia and transported me to my childhood .