The jackfruit, in fact, is now higher priced than chicken which is selling at Rs 80 per kilogramme due to poor demand.
"It is better having a 'kathal' biryani instead of a mutton biryani. It tastes reasonably good. The only problem is that 'kathal' has been sold out in the vegetable market and is difficult to find," said Purnima Srivastava whose family savours non-vegetarian food on a regular basis.
Eating fruits provides a lot of health benefits. File
The corona scare has hit poultry business so hard and the Poultry Farm Association recently organised a chicken fair in Gorakhpur to dispel the misconception that birds are carriers of the deadly virus.
"In fact, we gave away platefuls of chicken dishes for Rs 30 each to encourage people to savour the delicacies. We cooked one thousand kilogrammes of chicken for the Mela and the entire stock was sold out," said Vineet Singh, head of the Poultry Farm Association.
However, the Mela did not do much to dispel the fears about chicken, mutton or fish consumption amid the virus outbreak.