Recently, the red sponge cake is gaining a lot of popularity. The reason for the same is that it is more nutritious and beneficial than green. Affectionately called ‘Kumkum Bhindi’, it is a wonderful crop grown in Uttar Pradesh that will also double the income of farmers. (Image courtesy of istock Images)
According to agricultural experts, ‘Kumkum Bhindi’ has 94% polyunsaturated fats that reduce bad cholesterol. Along with it, its 66 percent sodium content is helpful in controlling high blood pressure, while its 21 percent iron reduces the chances of anemia and the 5 percent amount of protein keeps the metabolic system in order. body. Umesh Saini, a resident of Anwarpur in Hapur, and Murli of Rampurbeh in Sitapur are happy with the cultivation of red sponge cake. “Everyone in the town is now thinking of increasing the area under their cultivation this season,” Saini said.
According to Bijendra Singh, Vice Chancellor of Acharya Narendra Dev University of Agriculture and Technology, Kumarganj, Ayodhya, this red variety of sponge cake contains anthocyanins and phenolic compounds that increase its nutritional value. The crude fiber present in it controls the sugar. It also contains a large amount of vitamin B compl
The ideal time to plant Kumkum Bhindi starts from February until the second week of April. It can also be sown around November, the growth will be less in December-January, but the fruits will begin to arrive from February, which will be available until November. Prices for early harvests are also good.
In the wholesale market, the price of green cake ranges from 12-15 rupees per kg, while red cake is sold at the rate of 45-80 rupees per kg, as people see it as a superfood. (With IANS inputs)