Fruit facts
New fruit discovered in Kerala
Dr Chiranjit Parmar

Researchers from the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) at Thrissur have discovered a new fruit growing wild in the Agasthyamala hills of Western Ghats. The fruit, which locals call, mala njaaval, has been assigned the botanical name Syzygium sasidharanii. The fruit is yellow; of the size of a large lemon, with sweet spongy edible portion and a pit in the middle. The KFRI is recommending this fruit for domestication and cultivation as orchard fruit.