You have read about Meghalaya’s juicy plums in and earlier post. If this has raised your interest, let us today talk about the types of plums that grow in Meghalaya. This is a state which is home to many exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants, and plums definitely aren’t low down on that list.
Let us find out from our farmer friend Wanjun Kharpan who grows plums in Sohryngkham village, the virtual home to plums in Meghalaya.
The terrain in Meghalaya is fertile, and the farmers committed and hardworking. But, markets are hard to reach. The result is insufficient returns to the farmers. The farmers, however, continue to exude enthusiasm and optimism as they love what they do. Zizira takes you on yet another field visit to meet her.
Wanjun Kharpan, as you already know, is following the family tradition of farming and manages her two acre farm in village Sohryngkham, Meghalaya very efficiently. Plum orchard forms a major part of her farm and she grows different types of plums. The Zizira team visited her in July 2015 and that is available in this earlier post.
Here is more about the types of plums and other produce Wanjun grows and you get to know about her other interests too. Read on…
Doris Plum has yellowish flesh
Let us hear from Wanjun about the types of plums in her farm.
I grow Santa Rosa, Japanese, Doris and Alpha plums. I think that Santa Rosa is much sweeter than Japanese plums. I find that during the rainy seasons Japanese plums become tasteless. Actually Doris is a very tasty variety too!
As you would have noticed too, each variety of plum has its own beautiful, nature given color. The Japanese plums have reddish flesh, whereas the Doris plums are yellowish below the skin. Doris gets me a better rate and, in turn, sell for a higher price in the market.
To get an idea of what the plums cost at retail, the Zizira team visited the local market. The price of Santa Rosa in the Shillong market was ₹ 120 a kg, the price of Japanese and Alpha plums were around ₹ 50 per kg and one could buy Doris plums for ₹ 80 a kilo. Wanjun had sold her harvest this season for between ₹ 20 to ₹ 30 a kg, across varieties.
Here are some more images from Zizira team’s visit to Wanjun’s farm in July 2015. Hope this makes you feel like you were part of the trip. Enjoy!
Santa Rosa plums
Bunch of Santa Rosa plums on a tree, ready to be harvested
Plucking Japanese Plums
Japanese Plums – ripe and ready to be plucked
Japanese Plums – ripe and ready
Wanjun’s Other Fruits
Wanjun’s main source of income is from the different types of plums she grows. But Wanjun also grows other fruits and vegetables like Pear, Kiwi and Box Myrtles.
A challenge she is facing in growing Kiwis is the high cost of building a support structure for mature kiwi trees, which is essential in their fruiting stage. Box Myrtles bushes are in large numbers in her field. She grows organic tomatoes, pumpkin, chillies and maize too. Wanjun has started growing Sohphlang in a small area in her farm.
Hard working, she manages her farm on her own.
Though busy, she finds time to pursue her interest in sewing. Wanjun’s energy and positive outlook in life had a lasting impact on the Zizira team.
Where in India have you eaten tasty plums? We would love to hear from you.