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Jumbo-sized & sweet, this guava

IT IS usually small and sweet. This one of its kind is massive and sweet ? it?s a guava, not seasonal but perennial. This guava left some scientists eyes? wide open in amazement ? very wide, almost as big as itself. Therefore, they decided on a DNA test. Since it was the invention of an illiterate farmer, the scientists were naturally skeptical. So they went to Ram Bilas Maurya guava orchard in Bulakihaar, Malihabad and they took a couple of Maurya?s guava tree leaves for DNA analysis.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 01:28 IST

IT IS usually small and sweet. This one of its kind is massive and sweet – it’s a guava, not seasonal but perennial.

This guava left some scientists eyes’ wide open in amazement – very wide, almost as big as itself. Therefore, they decided on a DNA test. Since it was the invention of an illiterate farmer, the scientists were naturally skeptical.

So they went to Ram Bilas Maurya guava orchard in Bulakihaar, Malihabad and they took a couple of Maurya’s guava tree leaves for DNA analysis.

Maurya’s guavas have dual rarity — they are giant and perennial. Normally all mature and ripe guavas of Maurya’s orchard grow to at least 900 grams and the highest weight that he has recorded is 1.4 kg. One guava from Maurya’s orchard is enough for a family of four or even more as an after-meal fruit. He now has 20,000 saplings of this giant guava tree that he had developed about two decades ago.

He said two decades ago he used to go to a place some distance from his village where horticulture scientists used to work. “I used to observe them out of curiosity. And then one day I imitated them and crossed — one by one — three flowers from three different varieties of guava and then crossed them in the fourth one. What I saw five months later I could not believe. The flower grew into a massive guava and then I planted seeds from it. Now I have this nursery within this orchard, which I got registered as ‘Azad Nursery’ on the name of my grandson Azad.”

Maurya is touchy about the fruits. He can be seen cursing gravitational force when any of the fruits fall on it’s own. He protects each and every guava with polythene bags once they enter ripening phase.

Whosoever learns about this ‘believe it or not’ fruit ends up going to the Azad Nursery, and Maurya ends up gifting the visitor with one or two saplings. He sells less saplings and gifts more. Last year a horticulturist came to his nursery and purchased 500 saplings.

And his guava variety has a name that some visiting scientists gave. It’s ‘Super Limited’.