My Childhood Summers with Leteku Fruit (Burmese Grapes)

Project Roohie # 14

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Summers during my childhood were incomplete without the Leteku (Burmese Grape). I absolutely adore these tiny succulents. My father used to bring bunches of them home from the markets. When ripe, their skin appear yellow or purple or brown.

As a child, I loved peeling the cover apart bit by bit to reveal tiny little pieces of this citric magic bomb. I could spend hours sucking these fruits, finishing off one by one from a big whole bunch. My mother often scolded me for eating so much of these sour pulps at one go. I would stealthily tip-toe to the kitchen in the afternoons when everybody would be enjoying their siestas, and sit under the study table with my favourite summer fruit.

Although, such treats have lessened now-a-days owing to how busy life has suddenly become, my father still surprises me with a few of these. And I cannot be happier!

Did you know?

  1. Leteku is originally from South Asia and in India it is mostly found in West Bengal and the Northeast region.
  2. The fruit has several medicinal values. It can treat arthritis, stomach aches, stomach ulcers, injuries and other skin diseases.

p.c. The Soul Searcher

p.s. Capsicums from our balcony garden

What are you favourite summer fruits? Share with us.

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Author: The SoulSearcher

The writer is a research scholar in English literature, an avid reader and sucker for life philosophies

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