SKY NEWS BUREAU,20 january
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, on Wednesday said that government has decided to rename the dragon fruit as ‘Kamalam’.
Rupani said that his government has already applied for a patent to change nomenclature of the dragon fruit o ‘Kamalam’. The fruit is mostly grown in areas of Kutch, Navsari and different parts of Saurashtra. “The name dragon fruit is not proper, and due to its name one thinks of China. So we have given it the name ‘Kamalam’,” he said. “Farmers say it looks like lotus and that is the reason we have named it
‘Kamalam”. Rupani also clarified that there is no political reason behind the renaming of the fruit. ‘Kamal’, or lotus, is the poll symbol of the BJP and Gujarat party unit headquarters is also named Shri Kamalam. Dragon fruit is known for its nutritional value as it helps in increasing hemoglobin and boosts immunity. Dieticians and nutritionists highly recommend people to include the fruit in their daily diet.