Edayur town

Edayur is a small town and a grama panchayath in Malappuram district, Kerala. It is located 8 kilometers away from Valanchery town and 4 kilometers away from Pookkattiri town. Pookkattiri – Edayur – Pang – Padapparambu – Malappuram road is passing through Edayur town. This road provides easy access to Malappuram town from Valanchery, Irimbiliyam and Kuttipuram. Pookkattiri town is the administrative and commercial headquarters of Edayur grama panchayath. Edayur chilli, a local cultivar of Edayur grama panchayath, recently got Geographical Indication tag.

Panchayath office, Pookkattiri

Edayur and surrounding areas are mainly an agricultural area where coconut, arecanut, rubber are widely cultivated. Edayur has an undulating terrains with small sloping hills and flat arable land. Rubber is cultivated on hilly slopes and coconut are grown in flat lands.

Munnakkal Masjid

It is a unique Muslim worship centre in Munnakkal near Pookkattiri in Edayur panchayath of Malappuram district. It is widely believed that the masjid has been existing for more than 500 years.

People irrespective of religion and caste visit the mosque and offer rice. Rice is the main offering item to the mosque. According to mosque authorities, more than 3000 sacks of rice are offered by devotees monthly. During the holy month Ramadan, more sacks of rice are being received comparing to other months. All the rice received are distributed to poor families in neighboring panchayaths. Sacks of rice are directly transported to neighboring “Mahallu” (localities around Juma masjid) twice a month on a regular basis. Rice is distributed among poor families irrespective of religion and caste.

During Covid 19 pandemic, rice was transported to different neighboring panchayath and municipality headquarters upon the order of district collector. Initially Majallu authorities had prepared food from donated rice among the poor people, but later the amount of rice donation increased. Then the masjid authorities have introduced token system for easy distribution.

Edayur Chilli (Edayur Mulak)

Edayur chilli is a local cultivar of Edayur panchayath. It is a unique plant variety. The Edayur chilli is very tasty because of its low pungency appealing flavor. It is heavily used for making Kondattam (dried chilli soaked in curd).The size of Edayur mulak is comparatively larger than others and a moderate triangular shape with smooth surface. Recently it got GI (Geographical Indication) tag from Geographical Indication Registry, Chennai. Edayur mulak is widely cultivated in surrounding panchayaths also. Athavanad, Moorkanad, Kalpakanchery, Irimbiliyam, Kuruva panchayaths and Valanchery muncipality have extensive mulak cultivation.

Special environmental and soil conditions of this area attribute to the growth of Edayur Chilli. Geographical Indication (IG) is intellectual property right which identify a product that originate from a particular area. Reputation and quality are only attributed to its geographical location.

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