Sambalpur, Nov 24: Water Chestnut, popular as ‘paniphal‘ or ‘pani singara‘ in Odisha is being sold like hotcakes across the state.
The aquatic vegetable, native to China, is beneficial for hair growth and also has the potential to fight malnutrition.
Over the years, its demand in the Odisha market has increased as it is preferred by many due to its low price and high nutritional value.
Farmers of rural areas and semi-urban areas are cultivating Water Chestnut in water bodies as it grows at the roots of marshes.
Vendors are selling it at different towns and cities of Odisha and the price varies between Rs 30 and Rs 50.
Earlier, it was being imported from Chhattisgarh and is now being largely cultivated in the Balasore district.
A vendor from Balangir, Pintu Deo, said he is selling around two to three quintals of Water Chestnut every day and earning Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 per day.
Another vendor from Bhubaneswar, Mohan Das, said they are bringing Water Chestnuts from Balasore and selling them to roadside fruit sellers and it has high demand in the city.