March 21, 2009 1:23:04 am
Parched by the heat? Try out the ginger and lime flavoured sugarcane juice at the Agricultural Colleges Mahatma Phule Raswanti Gruha
With an array of seasonal drinks to quench the summer craving,every shade that escapes the sweltering heat by the roadside sees a make shift stall. But topping the list of thirst quenchers should be this place located aidst ample greenery that drags many Puneites for that jumbo glass and from the field freshness. Swarmed by kids,families and office goers the Mahatma Phule Raswanti Gruha of the Agricultural College is your destination for a cool respite in the summer heat in the form of a tall refreshing glass of suger cane juice.
Available primarily from March to May the juice is derived from the CO1163 sugarcane variety that is spread over two acres of the total plantation area of ten acres and used only for juice production. The fields are looked after by the management of the Department of Agronomy and used for practical field work by the graduate and post graduate students. The harvest is limited to summers. We extract around two hundred liters each day. Also fresh lime or ginger is added during its crushing giving the juice two distinct flavors, adds Bharat Raskar,farm superintendent.
Priced at rupees twenty-four a litre or Rs six a glass,the juice is a seasonal delight since the last twenty-four years. With the place open from ten in the morning to six and visibly crowded,people from around the place are daily visitors to the college for the exclusive juice. Chandrashekhar Bhor one of the many visitors adds,I have been a regular here since the last thirteen years making it a point to relish it on every alternate day. Since its freshly cut,the quality is maintained which is seen through the fresh colour.
Sanjay Pingat is a certain visitor to the place when he visits the city. I studied in this college so the patronage is since then. Many people walk down there after office hours. Its one of the best places for sugarcane juice in the city, he adds.
Heading to this one-of-its-kind outlet in Pune is a sure treat for your tastebuds and a good way to beat the heat. Sugarcane juice,in addition to being helpful in beating the heat and tasting delicious,is loaded with health benefits. One glass of this summer cooler is the best way to beat the heat and get major health benefits.
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