Fruit Shop in Chennai – Know These Fruits

Of late, if you visit any of the big vegetable marts such as Pazhamudhir Nilayam or Pazhamudhir Cholai, you can see many fruits that are not local produce. So Chennai Focus decided to look for the fruits and get across some information for the discerning few who would want to attempt buying these fruits. The most common ones are passionfruit, soursop, durian, naranjilla, rambutan, dragon fruit to name a few.

Dragon fruitpitaya_dragonfruit

Dragon fruit flesh is mild-flavored, soft and juicy. For the sweetest flavor wait until the spines on the skin dry up and the outside is deep red and soft before eating.

Oval to oblong and up to four inches long, dragon fruit may be red, peach-colored or yellow. This grapefruit-sized fruit actually grows on a climbing cactus. Its spongy pulp is white or sometimes pinkish red, sweet and juicy with numerous tiny edible black seeds scattered throughout. This big bright red fruit’s thick skin presents prominent scales, or spines, giving it the appearance of an exotic oriental lantern.


Pronounced ram-BYU-tn, it looks more like a lychee but sweet and very aromatic. Fruits are smaller than the lychee and is most often mistaken for it. The soft shell is stiff and should be broken to reveal the while jelly covering the seed. It is best to eat the fruit fresh because time goes by, the juice dries and the flesh becomes dry.

It is a source of vitamin C and calcium, and provides niacin, iron, protein and fiber.


Durian fruit, meaning “thorny fruit” has hard outer shell that is laced with a number of thick, dense thorns. The look is more like a small jack fruit on the exterior and is very aromatic with soft interiors that has pods with seeds. It can be broken with bare hands once it is ripe. Its smell is compared to rotting fruit and can be specified as a combination of caramelized onion, banana and stale cheese.

Durian is a valuable fruit because it has 41 highly odor-active compounds associated with it. It is rich in sulphur, carbohydrates, protein and sugar.

Seeds can be roasted and eaten similar to Jackfruit seeds. Flesh can be eaten as it is or blended.



Soursop has a leathery-appearing, inedible, bitter skin. It changes from dark green to yellow green on ripening. The fruit is soft and flaky, juicy and fibrous and comes out as segments. There is a popular notion that it inhibits cancer cells though we do not have any scientific proof for it.

Carambola (Star Fruit)carambola_starfruit

If the Star fruit is green in color, wait till it becomes yellow and emanates a sweet irresistible aroma.. It can be categorized as a citric flavored fruit with waxy skin. It can be used as a garnish in place of lemon or lime.

A good source of vitamin C and potassium, star fruit provides dietary fiber. One medium size fruit contains about 40 calories. Eating five daily servings of fruits and vegetables lowers the chances of cancer. A recent study found that eating nine or ten daily servings of fruits and vegetables, combined with three servings of low-fat dairy products, were effective in lowering blood pressure.

Banana Passionfruitbanana passionfruit

This oblong, vine-growing fruit has a thick yellow rind that houses an aromatic orange pulp studded with black seeds. It has a sweetly tart taste similar to a passionfruit. It is a good source of fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants and has a tropical taste. It can be used to make smoothies.

Shops you can find these fruits

Pazhamudhir cholai fruit and vegetable shops

Posted on May 1, 2015, in Food and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Archana Kapoor

    Awesome looking fruits!! Yummy! 🙂

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