Sweet news for lovers of genuine ‘pathaneer’

Natural choice: People relishing ‘pathaneer.’

Natural choice: People relishing ‘pathaneer.’   | Photo Credit: — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.

P. Sudhakar

It is kept in mud pots from 7.30 a.m. every day

TIRUNELVELI: With the mercury level rising mercilessly during this summer, the number of shops selling health drinks to beat the heat is also on the ascending note.

While some of them sell fruit juices and tender coconut, others vend porridge of sorghum and ragi with delectable side dishes. However, most of the public want to have ‘pathaneer’ (palmyrah sap) with tender palm fruit or ice apple.

Sensing the heavy demand for ‘pathaneer’, nearly hundred vendors can be seen in and around Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai selling this delicious and highly nutritious drink in cycles and two-wheelers.

Unfortunately, most of them are selling only adulterated ‘pathaneer’ as they add water to the natural drink and add saccharine to increase its sweetness. The public want the Department of Health or Tirunelveli Corporation to take action against them for selling this adulterated drink.

Though those who hail from villages can easily identify the exact taste of original ‘pathaneer’, the urban residents continue to fall prey to this adulterated commodity.

To give the best ‘pathaneer’ to the residents of Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai, the palmyrah tree climbers of Barbarammalpuram near Nanguneri have joined hands and opened a roadside stall at the Perumalpuram-Nagercoil Highway Junction where one can get clear, fresh and unadulterated ‘pathaneer’ kept in mud pots from 7.30 a.m. every day.

“Since we sell pure ‘pathaneer’ at Rs. 20 a litre, the response from the public is so encouraging. People from distant places come to our shop, opened only a couple of days ago, to buy this natural drink. Within two hours, we can sell nearly 80 litres of ‘pathaneer’ every day since we maintain the quality,” says Rayappan, manning the shop, which also sells yummy ‘karuppatti’ for Rs.50 a kg.

The overwhelming public response has forced the palmyrah climbers of Barbarammalpuram to open their ‘branches’ near Lourdhunathan Statue, Palayamkottai and also near the premises of St. Sahayamatha Church at NGO Colony.

Really, good news to the lovers of ‘pathaneer’ and ‘karuppatti.’

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