‘Aishwarya’ is all set to grace your fruit basket. Okay guys! now don’t get confused. News is that a sweeter variety of guava will be named after the stunning Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai. Grafting expert and Padmashree horticulturist Haji Kaleemullah Khan has developed a sweeter variety of guava. It rsembles an apple in texture and is more sweet smelling and has more pulp.
“The new variety of guava is very different in taste, smell and look from the traditional and normal varieties grown in the country,” Kaleemullah told. According to Kaleemullah, the biggest advantage of this variety is that it has soft seeds.
“It took almost eight years to develop this unique variety of guava and no chemical fertiliser or pesticide was used in developing the same,” he said.
It is learnt that neem oil was used as a pesticide in order to keep the product in its organic form.
“All measures were taken to ensure that the product is free from any possible side effect which chemical fertiliser or pesticide may have on fruits,” he said.
“One can get as many as 72 fruits on a 3.7 foot long tree”, Kaleemullah said.
Kaleemullah is known for growing unique variety of fruits especially mangoes. In May last year, the 70-year-old Khan grafted a new variety of mango, which he named after batsman Sachin Tendulkar.