The Mystical Kokum – How Long Does It Take to Grow?
The world is filled with treasures that are yet to be discovered. One such treasure is the mystical fruit, Kokum. This Indian fruit has taken the culinary industry by storm with its tangy and sweet flavor profile.
It’s not just your taste buds that will thank you for indulging in Kokum; this fruit also boasts a variety of health benefits. From aiding digestion to fighting inflammation, it’s no wonder why it’s becoming increasingly popular.
But, how long does it take to grow Kokum?
The Growth of Kokum
Kokum trees are evergreen and can reach up to 50 feet tall when fully matured. These trees can take anywhere between 6-8 years before they start bearing fruit.
Once they begin producing fruits, each tree produces around 1000-1800 fruits annually until the age of sixty years old before declining production occurs.
The best time to harvest kokums is during April-May when their color turns from greenish-yellow or red into dark purple or black depending on the species.
The Cultivation Process
Kokums require hot and humid climates and thrive in well-drained soil rich in organic matter where there is protection from strong winds.
Traditionally cultivated as an agroforestry crop under shifting cultivation systems, farmers plant these trees alongside other crops like coffee and pepper while reaping economic benefits through their leaves which serve various medicinal purposes harvested after about two years following planting as tea leaves used for sore throats or bronchial problems among others hence reducing deforestation rates while ensuring optimal usage of land resources available.
In conclusion, growing a fruitful kokum tree requires patience but brings abundant rewards both financially and nutritionally once production begins which lasts decades further making it one of India’s most valuable assets.