Cliff House yields a bumper harvest

Published Nov 28, 2013, 5:47 pm IST
Updated Mar 18, 2019, 8:47 pm IST
Two ash gourds weighing 25kg and 21kg to fill palates for CM, wife.

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's Cliff House has got a bumper crop of two varieties of ash gourds which weighed 25 and 21 kilos respectively. The man behind this feat is S. Vijayan, gardener, who had previously been chosen as the best farmer by the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council.

Normally,  the smaller variety of ash gourd weighs between 1 kg and 1.5 kg, while the bigger one comes  to 20 kilos. This is why  Vijayan and his assistant S. Rajan are elated at the bumper crop.


“I got the seeds of the ash gourd from the Kerala Agricultural University office at Vellayani. This type of bumper crop was unexpected and so we are all the more happy. Next month, we will  harvest  a special type of plantain which  has over 100 fruits in it,”    Vijayan, 48,  told DC.

The 4.2-acre Cliff House compound has an array of vegetable cultivation ranging from ivy gourd (kovakka), green chilly, ginger, yam, spinach, cauliflower and more.

Chandy’s wife  Mariamma Oommen joined her staff in the harvesting  and proudly showed  various pets to DC - five guinea fowls, 10 chickens, five ornamental ducks, turkey, two dwarf goats and a new-born calf.


“For the next few days, the kitchen is going to be engulfed with different varieties of dishes made out of ash gourd like olan and kaalan.  Its  juice will be given to Kunju (Chandy),”  Mariamma told DC.

Location: Kerala