I had posted an article about 2 weeks ago titled UNSEEN. UNHEARD. UNKNOWN. ( do check it out please)
The picture that follows in this article had the Caption What is this?
Am happy to have the answer today . Sheila, who hails from Assam has cracked the mystery today.
It is the favoured fruit of Elephants. they simply love them.
The Chalta owtenga ( Bengali/Assamese), Elephant Apple ( English) ,Dillenia indica
( scientific name) . is eaten primarily in the eastern part of India.
It is used in many preparations exclusively in Bengal, Assam and Orissa .
Ayurveda ( Ancient Indian system of medicine based on the use of Plants) prescribes it as an antioxidant to battle many ailments including leukemia.
Since we are talking about food for the gentle giants, I introduce another unusual vegetable/fruit loved by Elephants.
The Flowers of the Banana Tree are consumed as vegetables in most cuisines of South Asia .
The purple flowers of the banana resemble artichokes. I christen them as THE ROYAL ARTICHOKES.
Green bananas ( also eaten as vegetables and often cooked with the skin) are visible at the top of the picture.
Central and South America have vast commercial farms of the fruit Banana , but the flower is absent from the cuisine of the Americas.
I leave the Pachyderms to enjoy their fruits, both their apples and the bananas .