Hyderabadis delighted as custard apple season is back

Hyderabad: Custard apples are here. With the season of the custard apple – commonly called sitaphal — beginning, vendors from nearby villages are in the city, pushing their carts and selling the juicy fruit at every nook and corner.

The price ranges from Rs 300 to Rs 500 a kg and the imported varieties such as the ‘Graviola’ are costlier – from Rs 500 to Rs 1,200, depending on the size.

The fruit is known to have medicinal qualities and used in treatment of ulcers, blood disorders and hypertension, among others. This, apart from the taste, has seen the fruit being a popular buy this season, says Hussain Mohammed of Lucky Fruit shop in MJ market.

“The season for custard apple is from August to October, but in Telangana the fruit hits the markets mostly after Vijayadasami (Dasara). The custard apples come from Rajahmundry and Bengaluru to MJ market. The prices will skyrocket in the early phase of the season but, dips by the middle of the season,” says S Ajay Kumar, another vendor at MJ market.

“Custard apples also come to city markets from the agency areas of Adilabad district, Kalwakurthy, Achampet and Jadcherla in Nagarkurnool district, and also from villages on the city outskirts,” officials in Gaddiannaram fruit market, Kothapet, said.

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