Monday, May 24, 2010

Soursop known locally as "Katu Atha"


A MATURE FRUIT WEIGHING ABOUT A KILO JUST PLUCKED NEEDS ABOUT 3 DAYS TO RIPEN
Sour sop with a Latin name of Annona muricata has suddenly hit the news lately due to the claims that it is 1000 times stronger than Chemotherapy for cancer patients and cancer fighting agents.

I am being inundated with requests for this fruit, which I sell for Rs100 each, but which I find difficult to grow. I have about 8 trees and only two actually produce any fruit. I am told that sometimes these trees don't have any fruit for a while. I also have two trees in Polonnaruwa which have yet to fruit.

I prefer to eat it as a drink which is made by liquidizing the fruit pieces after removing all the seeds. One of the common mistakes made is that people pluck the fruit before it is mature, and therefore it does not ripen well. The reason for this is that the period it stays mature is so short, perhaps three or four days on a tree before it becomes black in places and begins to spoil. It is impossible to sell a fruit that looks spoilt, though the spoilt parts can be cut out as the rest actually taste better, because it has fully ripened on the tree. This rule of thumb holds true for most fruit and in Sri Lanka due to the lack of refrigerated transport, the tendency with all fruit is to pluck prematurely.


It is important that tissue culture is done on the good bearing Sour sop trees, and new plants are available in order to get consistent planting material to ensure a good yield. As usual the pundits come up with you must grow a whole area with these trees, but I have yet to be able to source good and reliable planting material, something which we are currently woefully lacking in for all types of fruit trees.




This is an added reminder that in order for us to maximize our potential for increasing our supply of fruit, the planting material is of the utmost importance as one does not have the luxury to experiment as these trees and in the case of the above take about 4 years to properly fruit.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

have you tried grafting for this tree. if that works, you should be able to get good quality fruits by taking branches from the good fruiting tress and grafting them onto the nonproducing trees.

have you by any chance read the book "Fruit Farming" which was published approximately 5 years ago in Sri Lanka. I believe the author was Dr. Ratnayake, a famous agriculturalist. the publishing company was Arjuna Hulugalle Dictionaries.

Stephen Jones said...

It's the leaves not the fruit that are supposed to be effective against cancer. And as they are also associated with a form of Parkinson's disease, you might do well not to overemphasize the medical angle when doing your pitch.

Kirigalpoththa said...

We call it Anoda (අනෝද)? Or is it a different variety?

Vijay said...

Hi

I am from chennai. is there any possiblity if you could send this fruit about 5 Pieces Every week to chennai. Please contact me at my mobile : +91 94440 74980.

REKHA HARI said...

hi i am from cochin,kerala working in union bank of india.Could you sent 7 nos the fruit every week to my address(ripen) rekha hari,union bank of india,overseas branch,union bank of bhavan,m.g.road,ernakulam-35,kerala otherwise please contact me on my mob:9446552369.please as it is very urgent for my sister who is suffering from blood cancer under treatment in rcc trivandrum.kindly furnish the payment modes

REKHA HARI said...

hi i am from cochin,kerala working in union bank of india.Could you sent 7 nos the fruit every week to my address(ripen) rekha hari,union bank of india,overseas branch,union bank of bhavan,m.g.road,ernakulam-35,kerala otherwise please contact me on my mob:9446552369.please as it is very urgent for my sister who is suffering from blood cancer under treatment in rcc trivandrum.kindly furnish the payment modes

REKHA HARI said...

hi i am from cochin,kerala working in union bank of india.Could you sent 7 nos the fruit every week to my address(ripen) rekha hari,union bank of india,overseas branch,union bank of bhavan,m.g.road,ernakulam-35,kerala otherwise please contact me on my mob:9446552369.please as it is very urgent for my sister who is suffering from blood cancer under treatment in rcc trivandrum.kindly furnish the payment modes

rk said...
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rk said...

dear rekha hari

kindly contact to the no. provided in this link.. he is providing the fruit in hyderabad, Andrapradesh. http://hyderabad.olx.in/cancer-treatment-fruit-guyabano-sour-soup-available-iid-323754731
contact him, he charges 1000/-rs per fruit. But it seems some need to personally come and collect. All the best. my Mail ID: purshotham_mrk@yahoo.co.in

Anonymous said...

Can you send this fruit to Chennai by courier?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I am in pakistan and i need frest kathu aatha.

How can you send me? can you tell me how can i use it for cancer patient?

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Aurovrata Venet said...

Dear Rajaratarala

nice to see you doing such a splendid job on your blog. I find some of the comments left on this post hilarious, from farmer to doctor you are expected to transform.

good luck with the farming.

Lakshmi said...

Is it possible to get seeds of this tree? I live in India (Chennai).

adil qureshi said...

hi i am from pakistan my daughter is cancer patient
is there any possibilty that i can find this fruit in pakistan
i am willing to pay you any mode
my pakistan contact no is +923215775405 plz help me thank you
regards aadil

Venkata said...

Good to Know the benefits of Soursop.
Lets hope this will help all the people who are suffering with cancer.

I have come across another herb which is also good for cancer patients. It is wheatgrass which is available online in powder form now a days.
There are lot of information available online about wheatgrass
Recently i bought it from the following site in India.
http://www.wheatgrassstores.com. They ship to all the countries.

I hope this will be useful for cancer patients.
Venkata
netsavy@gmail.com

rashi said...

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rashi said...

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Ratna Vatnani said...

hi
need this soursoup fruit contact 779800955
i am from hyderabad

Anonymous said...

Soursop for folks in India - http://www.frrutto.com/exotic-fruits/soursop/

Frrutto.com said...

We sell soursop in India -

http://www.frrutto.com/exotic-fruits/soursop/

Contact +91 44 49565656 or contact@frrutto.com for delivery outside Chennai.

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Brijesh Mohan Bartwal said...

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Vinoth Kumar said...

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Chandru Sekar said...

Hi Sir! This is chandru. My grandfather is suffering from cancer. Is it possible to send soursop fruit to me. You can reach me @9791736735. Plz cal me. Itz vry urgent.

Looking for your response.

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