CHARMINAR: Fruit sellers, especially in the Puranapul flyover area, have a reason to rejoice. The sale of custard apple has picked up pace over the last few days.
Fruit baskets stacked with custard apples have been drawing the attention of everyone passing through this bridge. Many motorists can be seen halting at this place to pick up a basket or two.Vendors -local and from dif ferent parts of the districts -have thronged the area to sell the seasonal fruit.
"Seasonal fruits last only for a few months. So, I have come here to buy raw custard apples as they are affordable and you get the best bargain at this place. I will make the raw fruits that I have brought from here ripe by keeping them in a sack for a couple of days,'' said Mastanwali, a buyer.
However, despite the interest of the buyers, the sellers have a complaint -compared to last year, the price of the fruit has come down marginally this year. The vendors feel that this has happened because a lot of custard apples are flooding the market.
The price of a basket of custard apple (consisting of 17-18 fruits) ranges from `100150, depending on the size.Smaller sizes of the fruit are also available, that are sold between Rs 80 and Rs 100 per basket.
One of the vendors from Shamshabad said that a group of 25 vendors had arrived at Puranapul with these seasonal fruits.
"We have come from Shamshabad to sell this seasonal fruit. Many people passing through this route stop and buy raw as well as ripe fruits. The prices depend on the size of the fruits," said Bujji, one of the vendors.