The drive to Kanyakumari from Poovar throws up an interesting World of Nuts.

Kanyakumari is the southernmost Tip of India at the confluence of The Bay of Bengal, The Arabian Sea and The Indian Ocean.

The World of Nuts

Monsoon Clouds hover over the last of the Western Ghats.

trees and hills
Trees of Nuts

Black Coconuts ? Seen in makeshift shacks that line the Highways.

bunch of nuts
Bunch of Nuts

The Insides reveal these are no Coconuts ? The taste underlines the mistaken identity even more.

The Black Nuts have three compartments unlike a single found in the more familiar Coconuts. The white part is the edible part in this state.

“these coconut like Β Nuts are the fruits of the Sugar Palm or Toddy Palm ( English Name), Tari ( Hindi name) ,Β Borassus flabellifer ( Scientific name) .

They are native to the Indian subcontinent and numerous folklores have these Nuts at the core of the stories. Besides fables they are also the source of Toddy, an alcoholic drink popular amongst the masses.”

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The Insides of Β the Novel Nuts

I will of course hold back on the identity for a few hours, let us see if someone can identity these “NUTS”.

” I am updating the blog earlier than stated as a fellow blogger from Dubai revealed the identity within minutes of posting the blog. You can read the conversation in the Comments section that follows below”.

The Featured Image highlights Orange Coconuts against Paddy ( or Rice) Fields.




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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.


  1. Wow ! … Just mouth watering , it’s been such a long time since I saw these here in Dubai , but as Shahz said these are known as Panangai or Nuggu in Tamil Nadu ,it’s very delicious when cut into pieces and eaten along with Rose Milk ! … Thanks a lot Sir for refreshing my Childhood memories associated with these 😌

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  2. A beautiful photo of tastyNungu! As you said it is the fruit of the palm tree. In TamilNadu we call the tree as Panai Maram and the fruit/nuts as nungu. An additional piece of information is that it was the leaves of the Panai maram called as Panai Olai that were used for the palm leaf manuscripts.

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