Mahaica’s ‘mad scientists’ make mosquito repellent from Katahar flower


Dolly Sooknanan, teacher Jaishree Nanku, and Darshanie Nanhu are pictured with their winning trophies at the display counter for the repellent

Mahaica’s ‘mad scientists’ make mosquito repellent from Katahar flower

“Katahar” is an Indo-Guyanese Creole word that carries the idea of nothingness. If someone were to tell you you’re a Katahar, they are really dismissing you as worth nothing.

The vegetable named Katahar is, however, not to be dismissed. Curried Katahar, added to other curries with dhall and rice, is a must-have in good seven-curry, the dish mainly served at Hindu religious events.  

Darshanie Nanhu, 16, a student of the Bygeval Secondary School on the East Coast of Demerara, is no Katahar. And spare a thought for the fact that she also has no problems peeling off the thick green skin of the young Katahar, and then taking off the “flesh” from the seed, and then peeling the seed to get its contents for the curried dish; it’s a laborious task for most people.  [Read more]

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  • Janet  On 04/13/2016 at 4:21 am

    Patent your idea before the big pharmaceutical company steal it and make millions.

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