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Nendran banana

10th November, 2020 Art & Culture

Context: Kerala’s famed ‘Nendran’ bananas are all set to be shipped to London in March next year.

  • The trial export to London is in accordance with the sea-shipment protocol of the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council, Keralam (VFPCK), a company established to bring about overall development of the fruit and vegetable sector in the State.
  • The fruits will be harvested at 80 to 85% maturity (before ripening).
  • After the pre-cooling and cleaning processes, they will be stored.

Quality factor

  • It will be ensured that the fruits do not have any stains or damage.
  • They will be then dehumidified, packed in cartons, and stored in special containers to regulate temperature and humidity.
  • The packing process will be documented to ensure product reliability through a transparent traceability system and QR coding system.

Changalikodan Nendran Banana

  • It is famously known as Changalikodan
  • It is a banana variety originated and cultivated in Chengazhikodu village of Thrissur District in Kerala state of India. Changalikodan, now are cultivated on the banks of the Bharathapuzha river.
  • Changalikodan got Geographical indication registration from the Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai.
  • They are grown organically which gives its unusual yellow colour and texture.
  • Individual attention, special care and monitoring of every stage are needed for this banana variety.
  • Green leaf manure, ash and cow dung are used to supplement the growth.