Why has custard apple become rare and costly nowadays?With the rapid development of agriculture-related technology and improvement of infrastructure & transport, various fruits are now available all over India. Apple, orange, banana, litchi, mango, pomegranate, blackberry and guava are now available all over India. However, I have noticed that jackfruit (ripe) and custard apple have lost their popularity as fruits. Some months ago I raised a thread about ripe jackfruit. Now let us discuss about custard apple ('sharifa' in Hindi, 'ata' in Bengali).
During my childhood days, custard apple was one of my favourite fruits. It was readily available in all the markets of Kolkata during season. The price was within the limit of middle-class people. But with the passage of time, custard apple has been losing popularity as fruit. Not only that, it is rarely available in the market (both in Kolkata and in Delhi). The price of custard apple has increased by leaps and bounds.
Why is this happening to my favourite fruit? Can any Member explain?