Pink Guava – Bin Laden’s fruit?

Last Tuesday, 07th of May 2013, while I was skyping my cousin’s husband “Mr.X”, he asked his children “pudiya pannu katira makkale”? (Children, did you all show the new fruit?). I was wondering what was this new fruit not known to me (I am a fruit freak & will eat any fruit including durang as long as it is edible & sweet)!!  The girls showed me the fruits in different positions & asking me to guess what it was. It had the colour of a dragon fruit but the shape was different, had the shape of an apple but the skin texture was different, too many guesses & then I gave up. They finally said its a Guava… arrey wahhh!!…. ‘How come I never had the privilege of seeing it till now?’ was my thought… so I asked how much was it? I was told Rs350 & they had picked up 2 kgs paying Rs.700 for the precious fruits & started giggling…. moodiya… tolekate yen maduva? (girls what else they will do but giggle…. yeh?)

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My cousin Mrs.X was visiting namma Bengaluru with her husband & daughters. Mr.X opted to stay home to avoid driving in the mad traffic & my daughter Cau was the chauffeur.. all the four ladies did their shopping & finally it was time to go home… Cau went with one of the daughters to get the car which was parked about 100 mtrs away & Mrs.X and the other daughter were standing near Safina Plaza and they noticed a fruit vendor there. He had a shop set up with a lot of variety of fruits & the shop seemed to be bustling with customers. Then they noticed a thermocol box sitting there. The vendor was opening it just a little (as if it was the most precious possession & he didn’t want the hot air to get in!) and pulling out fruits from it- individual fruits. Each fruit was bright pink & it was individually wrapped in transparent plastic wrap. You could see that the box was full of ice surrounding the fruits. There were even tiny dried leaves in the plastic wrapped fruits, perhaps to give the ‘natural’ look!! So Mrs.X went n asked what it was, and the vendor said that they were pink guavas that had just arrived from Thailand!! When she inquired about the price, he said 350 Rupees(Rs) per kg. Normally guava rate is about 50-60 rupees, the best ones!! Also, there are these 1-kg guavas available in the market, costing around 100 plus Rs per kg (i.e. per guava 😉 ). In Coorg it is free as it grows in their own home, and that too its organic hum. So this was quite a price he was quoting. Meanwhile there was another customer there, who had just bought 2 kilos of this pink guava, and he also told Mrs.X ” see madam, my boss placed order for this & i’m picking it up! Very nice madam, very sweet!”.  The vendor also egged on.. that if it was not sweet, he would return the money (perhaps he knew Mrs.X was out of town & was never going to come back all the way just to return it?). Soon the car was there & it was a no parking zone so eventually Mrs.X got convinced & ended up buying 2 kilos of the bright pink fruit!! When he packed it, he again gave it in a thermocol box, with ice surrounding the fruits.

On arriving home, every one excitedly opened up the box, pulled out the fruits & cut open their plastic packing. That’s when the bubble burst & to their dismay, on a closer look, it was clear that the guava had been peeled clean. The outer skin of the fruit was gone. Still, it was pink! So they then cut one open, and to their disbelief, it was only the outer skin that was pink; you could notice that it was some kind of colored dye or sugar syrup (may be gelatin was also added), that the fruit had been left in. Had the skin not been removed, the fruit would have not soaked in the colored dye, and that was possibly why the skin had been removed. The peeled guava had absorbed the color and the sugar (plus what God alone know?) had formed a thin film of coating which could fool one’s eye like a complete fruit. So there was a layer of pink dye around the fruit -pink guava!! On biting into it, that pink layer was really, really sweet…so the dye was the sweet-guarantee!!! It was all falling into place now. They had been fooled 😦 so badly!! The guava was peeled so artistically & evenly it’s very easy to get fooled, the ability of the vendor is high appreciable!!! And my cousin realized that the “customer” who was buying along with them was probably a friend of the vendor, helping him add some credibility!

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The irony is that Mrs.X did her studies in Bangalore, has seen the world & one can confidently say, has good of the authority on plants, flowers & fruits. All her 50 years she has lived in Coorg. She has personally grown practically every kind of fruit at home, even knowing most of their botanical names! So how did she get fooled?…The packaging? (It was in deed quite deceptive) The marketing? The hurry-burry?.. or the vender is too smart? All I can say is that if she could be fooled, anyone could be fooled!! So if any one you got fooled by this treachery don’t be sad.. 😉

Now I know the answer to how Osama Bin Laden’s finance network works: It’s the ability of his followers to raise funds like knife in butter… so I have decided to name this pink guava as “The Bin Laden” in his honour.

Now I need a favour: Anyone visiting Safina Plaza (before the vendor is arrested or disappears), or if you see the pink guava somewhere, please try to get me some nice picture of the vendor!

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22 thoughts on “Pink Guava – Bin Laden’s fruit?

  1. in Chennai there is one shop in CIT coloney doing this big scandal.I am not aware of this I am diabetic patient ,my sugar level shorted very high after taking just half of this fruit. I request Corporation Health department to take action against this frauds

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  2. Can’t blame her, really; The curiosity factor drawn out by a clever marketing strategy can make a sucker of anyone, anyday !
    You kept the suspense going till the end; A gud read !

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  3. Its very good to write. But writing anything without collecting proper knowledge of the subject is not bad infact worse habbit. The fruit your so called friend “X” buy is really imported from Thailand. And for your very best knowledge let me tell you that it costs around 155 Rupees per kilo to import fruits into India (Air Fare, Duty & Clearance). If such fruits are new to you its your problem not the importer’s. Its total costing is around 300 per kilo including fruits and packing.
    There are many more fruits which will be new to you. If you are frightened by Pickeled Guava @ 350/- how you will react when you will come through “Fresh Cherry” @ 2000/- – 2500/- per kilo or Mini Orange @ 400/- per kilo.

    Better you collect proper information.

    Gaurav

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    • First of all thank you for reading my blog. Blogs are avenues for discussion, and so I welcome your thoughts.

      Firstly, my article was not about the cost but about the nasty product shamefully sold in the name of “imported”. As I clearly mentioned, it was simply colored and coated, not pickled as you said. I pity both you and we consumers because the same product made in India would cost you less than Rs100!! Just because its expensive it does not make it healthier! Fruits are eaten for their health value not to get sick. Getting cheated is big enough knowledge i guess… if one cannot sell a product in proper manner like better packaging, ingredients, instruction on how to preserve, etc… then what good would a Imported tag make?
      As far as the cost of cherry out of season any fruit is expensive in any part of the world…. and as for the mini orange if you are referring to the Australian Sunrise lime, I personally don’t even enjoy it!!

      Secondly, to make the matter clear to you, I think the same comment would apply to you too : do your own reading before commenting as It appears you did not go past the first paragraph of my article either. I clearly show pictures and give details on why this was considered a fake fruit.

      If you make such comments, you should back it up with links and proof. Also, try and answer why did they “importer” a) disappear b) not have a proper shop c) why doesn’t your “pickled gauva” appear in any store but the lil rascal’s on the street?

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  4. Thanks for the post, any way I was wondering what kind of fruit is this for long time and searching over net also didn’t gave much insight. If you want a customer who don’t run away after selling the fruit (700/kg )for past five months, go to One MG road at Bangalore, near trinity circle; there top floor food court you get this so called imported Pink Guava fruit!!!

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  5. Recently i visited a big well known mall mg1 near mg road in bangalore .where u vl get these fruits.i was also fooled like you and took 1 kg after cming home i realised its artificial fruit.

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  6. Even in Hyderabad Punjagutta Westside Store a reputed chain of Stores is selling the so called ” BIN LADEN GUAVA” even i have heard it is sold in FORUM MALL in bangalore!!!! lets start mission OSAMA once again

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    • Dear Mr.Sudhir,

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      Just because it is imported & colourful people buy and eat but it’s really not worth because don’t

      know what kind of colour & sweetener is used. There is already enough diseases around and why

      should be import them too…

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  7. Hi,
    I am living in Dubai, and the pink/Green Thai Guavas are available here in some supermarkets as well as Thai Fruits Kiosks. They are priced quite high even here(around AED 35 per Kilo!)
    What I am trying to say is you have not got cheated or anything. We should know that there are some exotic fruits in Thailand which taste heavenly.
    If you search on the Internet there are couple of fruit vendors in Bangalore who delivers these exotic fruits (from Rs.350-500 per kilo)
    I felt the title given is pretty irrilavent.

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    • Hello reader, thank you for reading my blog & voicing your opinion. Any suggestion is always welcome.
      The reason I called it Bin Laden fruit is very simple : the vendor’s name was Bin Laden. I had to honour him because he is helping to spread chemically induced diabetes in the country. That’s a great contribution to the welfare of the nation!!
      There are one too many exotic fruits in the world, especially in Thailand but the pink or green guavas in my story were ordinary plain guavas pealed and soaked in sugar (or whatever) solution with artificial-colour. I would definitely wont call it EXOTIC as it will be an insult to the Mother Nature’s creation. Just because its expensive its doesn’t become exotic I guess.
      Moreover, the future generation who are moving further and further from Mother Nature towards the gadgets should not think that these kind of guavas really grown on trees.
      have a great day.

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  8. Yesterday I eat that same pink guava in a marriage dinner & loved it teast so good & today when I searched Google for that pink guava, it brings me to your story of Bin Laden fruit… I am smiling.

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  9. Hi, today me and my mom went for shopping in BigBazaar, (Hassan) and in the fruits and vegetable section I found a lot of people gathered and asking for a piece of sample of the fruit, which was being given to all of them by a worker there (in really small pieces…) and my mom managed to get a bit. She tasted and said it was too tasty and delicious, so I took a small bite, and was really amazed and impressed by its delicious taste, and asked to buy one. It was priced about 250/kg and unfortunately(fortunately, now..)the only one fruit available was already purchased by some other person. The worker said they were imported guavas from Thailand and Malaysia. I came back home with sadness and started looking for its availability in the Internet, I searched and managed to get the pic (from ur blog) on google images, and entered this blog, I just glanced the blog and it to be a blog about Coorg. I stated reading all other stories and found really interesting and at last while closing the browser, I remembered what I was looking for! So, started reading this story and was curious untill I read the third passage and till then I’m trying hard to control my laughter, thinking about my situation if I had brought one !
    Seriously, we are talking about street vendors who try to cheat us, but what about these big shopping stores like BigBazaar, who cheat people by selling fake products with false descriptions.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing this useful info. and trying to create awareness about this “Pink Guava”. Thanks again, nice blog and looking for some more blogs about Coorg and Namma Karnataka.

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  10. Hi, today me and my mom went for shopping in BigBazaar, (Hassan) and in the fruits and vegetable section I found a lot of people gathered and asking for a piece of sample of the fruit, which was being given to all of them by a worker there (in really small pieces…) and my mom managed to get a bit. She tasted and said it was too tasty and delicious, so I took a small bite, and was really amazed and impressed by its delicious taste, and asked to buy one. It was priced about 250/kg and unfortunately(fortunately, now..)the only one fruit available was already purchased by some other person. The worker said they were imported guavas from Thailand and Malaysia. I came back home with sadness and started looking for its availability in the Internet, I searched and managed to get the pic (from ur blog) on google images, and entered this blog, I just glanced the blog and it to be a blog about Coorg. I stated reading all other stories and found really interesting and at last while closing the browser, I remembered what I was looking for! So, started reading this story and was curious untill I read the third passage and till then I’m trying hard to control my laughter, thinking about my situation if I had brought one !
    Seriously, we are talking about street vendors who try to cheat us, but what about these big shopping stores like BigBazaar, who cheat people by selling fake products with false descriptions.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing this useful info. and trying to create awareness about this “Pink Guava”. Thanks again, nice blog and looking for some more blogs about Coorg and Namma Karnataka.

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    • Thank you Rahul! In todays day and age, its very possible for hybrid varieties to have various colors. But, we have to be careful to get it from the right sources as its very easy for someone to take advantage of the demand and go the route i pointed out in my blog – coloring the fruit in dye!

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