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The Vaishnodevi Experience 2023

My first trip to Vaishnodevi was unimpressive. Climbing was hard, and it only served to highlight how badly out of shape I was, while my in-laws managed to cope so much better. Further, I hadn’t quite realized that the cave experience wouldn’t be the same as I had imagined, since the original cave was only opened at certain times a year, and that we only entered a newly created tunnel, one far easier to access, and hence more manageable with the crowds that thronged the mountain shrine. The resulting experience at the shrine, for barely a fraction of a second, hardly compared to what I had expected / imagined / heard about. So, for me, Vaishnodevi was like any other temple, nothing to write home about, something that was reflected (though not explicitly mentioned) in the blog post I wrote then.

Do you know the name of this fruit?

My father-in-law is building a bridge over a river near a small village in Karjat (near Mumbai). This place is fairly remote, which is why they didn't have a bridge in the first place.... you can guess how remote when I tell you that they still don't have electricity!!! 

Well, anyway, he came back home last night with a fruit the villagers had given him. he thought we would know the name, so he didn't bother to ask them. As it happens, we have no clue! Can any of you help us identify it? 

It looked ripe, so we cut it, but it turns out it wasn't quite ready to be eaten. It still tastes Ok, though!!!

Update: It is a Ram Phal, a variety related to the Sita Phal or custard apple. Thanks a lot, Chitra and Bhavesh for the info... Thanks to you both, I can now teach Samhith about another fruit!!

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  1. Looks exotic but then I also do not know the name.

  2. Anu
    It is from the family of Seeta phal and this is called Ram phal. we do have a tree of this, in my uncle's house. This is a very common fruit available in Kodaikanal and would weigh around 750 gms. to a kilo and skin is green . But I prefer this pink variety , which is more tasty. Seeta phal has more seeds and this has more flesh and less seeds too. My favourite.

  3. @Tarun: it actually did look like that :)

    @Mridula: exotic or not, it grows in one of the most sparsely inhabited places next to this crowded city!!!!

  4. If I'm not wrong, it's Ramphal. It's like Sitaphal [Custard Apple].

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  5. @Chitra : thanks so much for the identification. I had heard of Ram phal, but had no idea what it looked like.... the taste reminded us of the sitaphal, but we did not realise it was a similar one... i have updated the blog with the detail...

  6. Oh! I see Chitra has already answered you correct :)

  7. on seeing the cut fruit, it gave an impression of sita phal. But then never knew there is one called ram phal. Thanks Anu for posting it.

  8. I see am a bit late here, but I am aware it is Ram Phal. Sita Phal and Ram Phal are some of my favourite fruits.

    I kept eating some tasty Ram Phal fruits in Ooty last month and they were so rich and heavy that I finally skipped dinner that evening.

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  10. I like the taste of Sita phal more. :)

  11. I was happy to see a Ram Phal I want some information is it the same or related to the fruit graviola.please need this information.Thank you

  12. I like to look at sita fal

  13. And this is also have ability to cure cancer 10,000 times better then chemo medicine. will i get this in bangalore

  14. its a ram phal ... however I dont know where in India do we exactly get this fruit ??? wanna know its a seasonal fruit, or not and also whether it is available in high altitutude places like in himalayas, in sikkim, himachal etc ???

  15. Google soursop and and you will know every bit of ram phal

    1. Thanks for the info, but soursop is Hanuman phal, not Ram phal.. this one doesnt have thorns

  16. Custard apple (Annona reticulata) /Red Custard apple


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