Lakshmi G Sardesai
The lush green fields of Taleigao in the neighbourhood of Panjim come alive with vegetables grown in summer.
Right from sunrise to sunset, women can be seen selling the produce of their hard labour on the roadside.
Anand Sawant, a farmer, tends to over-ripenened brinjals to get their seeds for the next plantation.
Locally known as tendli, Ivy gourd of the pumpkin family is another vegetable that is grown here.
Cluster bean farming is also practised in Taleigao.
The local Goan brinjals from Taleigao are much in demand. These take almost three months to grow.
Red vegetable (known as tambdi bhaji in Konkani) is also grown in abundance here.
Farm-fresh red chilies also form part of the long list of vegetables.
Edible pumpkin flowers produced by pumpkin plants too grow in Taleigao.