Kachri or Sane
A cumcumber species that grows in the wild in India,
It is in fact a small brown or yellow melon
indigenous to Rajasthan. Kachri is sold for low
prices on markets.
Kachri as a crop
It is never cultivated, it grows between
other crops as a wees. De dries stems
can be found between the sorghum
and sesame fields. As all cumcumber
crops, Kachri has hairy stems, yellow
flowers and triangular leaves.
It grows on arid and poor grounds.
Kachri, how it is eaten
Karchi is sold freshly on markets.
Unripe Kachri tastes bitter.
When it ripens it becomes sweet and a bit sour.
Childern eat it raw. Fresh fruits in large amounts
are also part of Kachri chutney.
The fine brown powder Kachri is a good natural
meat tenderizer. Minced lamb meat together with
garlic, ginger, and fresh herbs are mixed
with Kachri powder, and left for half a day
to make it tender. This is how shish
kebab is made.
Kachri in the future
Karchi grows on poor and arid grounds,
which makes it an interresting crop
A relatively high level of resistance has been
reported to two disease that causes major crop
loss : the melon vine decline, a fungal
disease, and the Melon yellows virus,(MYV).