Other Crops

OTHER CROPS AND PRODUCTS

In addition to TJC mango, the farm cultivates bananas and other fruit varieties and rice.  There are also varieties of hard wood trees planted along the boundary and roadways of the farm.  Two large earth ponds (wewas) collected rainwater and stores water for use in the dry season.  The earth ponds also have fish which is used for consumption by the farm employees. The farm has also developed a range of processed products including mango pulp and dehydrated fruits and vegetables.

BANANA

Banana is the most abundantly available fruit in Sri Lanka.  From the inception, we have been growing the Embul variety of Banana on our farm.  Due to the adherence to high quality standards, our fruit is larger and tastier than most other Embul banana available in the market.  Good post-harvest handling and natural ripening ensures that spoilage is limited and flavor is retained.
 

Ellawala Horticulture has contracted to sell its Embul Banana to a leading supermarket in Sri Lanka.
 

At present the farm has 15 acres of Banana.
 

WOOD APPLE (DIVUL)

Wood Apple - Limonia acidissima is a large tree growing to 9 metres (30 ft) tall, with rough, spiny bark. The leaves are pinnate, with 5-7 leaflets, each leaflet 25–35 mm long and 10–20 mm broad, with a citrus-scent when crushed. The fruit is a berry 5–9 cm diameter, and may be sweet or sour. It has a very hard rind which can be difficult to crack open, and contains sticky brown pulp and small white seeds. The fruit looks similar in appearance to fruit of Bael (Aegle marmelos).`

The rind of the fruit is so thick and hard it can be carved and used as a utensil such as a bowl or ashtray. The bark also produces an edible gum. The tree has hard wood which can be used for woodworking.

The scooped-out pulp from its fruits is eaten uncooked with or without sugar, or is combined with coconut milk and palm-sugar syrup and drunk as a beverage, or frozen as an ice cream. It is also used in chutneys and for making Fruit preserves jelly and jam.
 

COCONUT

The farm has more than 1000 coconut and king coconut trees.

Found across much of the tropic and subtropic area, the coconut is known for its great versatility as seen in the many domestic, commercial, and industrial uses of its different parts. Coconuts are part of the daily diet of many people. Its endosperm is initially in its nuclear phase suspended within the coconut water. As development continues, cellular layers of endosperm deposit along the walls of the coconut, becoming the edible coconut "flesh".[4] When dried, the coconut flesh is called copra. The oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking and frying; coconut oil is also widely used in soaps and cosmetics. The clear liquid coconut water within is a refreshing drink and can be processed to create alcohol.

The husks and leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for furnishing and decorating. It also has cultural and religious significance in many societies that use it.
 

KING COCONUT (THAMBILI)

King coconut is a type of a coconut fruit cultivated in Sri Lanka known as "Thambili". Sweetness of the fruit is more than the regular coconut fruit. There are several varieties of "Thambili" as "Tambili", "Ran Thambili", "Gon Thambili" etc.
 

The nuts are regarded as a "living pharmacy" and is the most versatile and medically practical form of the coconut plant available. Sri Lankans sell and consume thousands of them on a daily basis.
 

In almost every Sri Lankan home irrespective of class, a king coconut palm swaying soothingly in the breeze is a common sight. Another familiar sight are the bunches of king coconuts displayed for sale in many wayside kiosk throughout the country.
 

JAMAICA PLUM (AMBERELLA)

Spondias dulcis, ambarella, (and its alternative binomial, Spondias cytherea, Malay apple), or golden apple, is an equatorial or tropical tree, with edible fruit containing a fibrous pit. It is known by many names in various regions, including pomme cythere in Trinidad and Tobago,[1] June plum in Bermuda, juplon in Costa Rica, jobo indio in Venezuela, caja-manga in Brazil, and qu? cóc in Vietnam.

This fast-growing tree can reach up to 60 ft (18 m) in its native homeland of Melanesia through Polynesia; however, it usually averages 30 to 40 ft (9–12 m) in other areas. Spondias dulcis has deciduous, pinnate leaves, 8 to 24 in (20-60 cm) in length, composed of 9 to 25 glossy, elliptic or obovate-oblong leaflets 2.5 to 4.0 in (6.25-10 cm) long, finely toothed toward the apex.[2] The tree produces small, inconspicuous white flowers in terminal panicles, assorted male, female. Its oval fruits, 2.5 to 3.5 in (6.25–9 cm) long, are long-stalked and are produced in bunches of 12 or more. Over several weeks, the fruit fall to the ground while still green and hard, turning golden-yellow as they ripen. According to Morton (1987), “some fruits in the South Sea Islands weigh over 1 lb (0.45 kg) each”.
 

GRAPES

A grape is a non-climacteric fruit, specifically a berry, and from the deciduous woody vines of the genus Vitis. Grapes can be eaten raw or they can be used for making jam, juice, jelly, wine, grape seed extracts, raisins, vinegar, and grape seed oil.
 

STAR FRUIT (KAMARANKA)

Carambola, also known as starfruit, is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, a species of tree native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The fruit is a popular food throughout Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and parts of East Asia.

The fruit has ridges running down its sides (usually five); in cross-section, it resembles a star, hence its name. The number of ridges can vary.[2]

The carambola has been cultivated in parts of Asia for hundreds of years. Scientists believe that it may have originated in Sri Lanka or Moluccas, Indonesia.

The entire fruit is edible, including the slightly waxy skin, unlike other tropical fruits. The flesh is crunchy, firm, and extremely juicy, having a texture similar in consistency to that of grapes.

Star Fruits are best consumed when ripe, when they are yellow with a light shade of green. They will also have brown ridges at the five edges and feel firm. Overripe starfruit will be yellow with brown spots and can become soggier in consistency.

Ripe carambolas are sweet without being overwhelming, and have a tart, sour undertone. The taste is difficult to compare, but it has been likened to a mix of apple, pear, and citrus family fruits all at once. Unripe starfruits are firmer and sour, and taste like green apples.
 

RICE

In addition to having 15 acres of rice, the farm has an out grower program to grow seed rice which is supplied to the Department of Agriculture.
 

Part of the farm’s rice is grown under organic conditions.
 

CURD

The farm maintains a small herd of buffalos to provide organic manure for the farm.  The production of milk by this herd helps the farm produce it own curd which is of very high quality.  The use of organic manure helps the farm reduce its dependency of imported chemical fertilizer.
 

Processed Fruits and Vegetables

Ellawala Horticulture has developed a range of Processed fruits and vegetable which are either grown on the farm or nearby.The products include dehydrated fruits and vegetables, mango pulp, mango jam, mango chutney, fruit juice and brine products.   

Where to Buy

During season, TJC Mangos are available at Rripe, Carlwil Place/Marine Drive, Kollupitiya and at all leading supermarkets.
 

For wholesale please contact

Email : ellawala.horticulture@gmail.com
Tel : +94112575756 (head office) or
  +9466567025 1(farm), 0779323334(Rripe), 0254929609(Rripe)