Konkum

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Konkum is a multipurpose crop grown along the konkan coast in Western Maharashtra. When planted kokum tree begins yielding fruits after 7 to 8 years. Fruits are ripened between March to June when their rind attains its natural colour pinkish dark red. They are picked from the tree for multipurpose use. Kokum Sirab Popularly served as welcome drink. This typical Konkani refreshment is available through out the Konkan region at cold drinks parlors and grocery shops in packed bottles. The plus point of Kokum is its medicinal property. It counters acidity and indigestion. When kokum rind is dried in sun by separating kernels the product obtained is called 'Kokamachi Sole' which is used in cooking delicious Malvani Fish Curry. Besides this extracted juice of 'sole' make 'solkadi' to be served after the meal for digestion. The other products obtained from konkan are Kokum Agal, Kokum Oil. The oil is extracted from Kokum seed which is used widely in cosmetics, medicine and cooking.