Narsapur: Westernisation has had its impact on Indian culture, traditions, and even food habits across the country. Even people living in remote areas of the country are no exception, with many of them losing interest in fruits and other local food available in forest areas, which used to be consumed during the season without giving it a miss.
For quite some time, not many have seen anyone harvesting Tuniki Pallu (Diospyros melanoxylon roxb) found abundantly in Narsapur forest area and villages located on the forest fringe. Tuniki trees, called Tendu in Hindi, from which leaves are collected to make beedies, had got a very good harvest this year, but not many touched them.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’, Dhan Singh, a 55-year old Lambada man from Hathnoora mandal, said they used to eat them every summer during their childhood. Singh says that now, not just youngsters but even he had stopped eating them for reasons unknown to him.
Singh, who runs a kirana general store at Kothagudem, a small tribal tanda, sells chocolates, cool drinks and bakery food items. “I have been doing good business since people now get better pay with the coming up of number of industries close to their village, the Lambada man said. However, some traditional medical practitioners were still collecting the fruit since it had got great medicinal properties. The fruit tastes sweet and sour, has rich fiber besides good nutrition values. The locals have opined government needs to conduct some study on this to commercialise the fruit and thus increasing its consumption among masses, and also advertising about its medicinal usages.