Seethaphal (Custard Apple)
In Hyderabad, Seethaphal floods the markets after monsoons. We even have an entire locality named Sithaphalmandi here!! The tree grows wild in every available space. I like the Seethaphal tree. It is lush green and responds to the seasons beautifully. The birds too love the trees, and enjoy the fruits to their heart’s content. We have three trees in the compound, and my children used to enjoy looking for the ripe fruits or starting to get ripe fruits. One has to know how to select them and the person who gets the big ones is lucky.
This year, we had a bumper crop of the fruit. The birds, our family and our neighbors had a good time plucking them. Till today the fruits are there on the plant. I think we had an early season this year.
From organic garden point of view, I am happy to collect the seeds and dry them for use in the garden 🙂