West Bengal Govt Comes Out With Immunity-Boosting ‘Sandesh’


Kolkata: Here is something that will bring a smile on the faces of all those with a sweet tooth. The West Bengal government has decided to come out with a sandesh, which will contain honey from Sundarbans and increase immunity, reported NDTV quoting an official.

Cotton cheese made from cow milk will be mixed with pure honey from the Sunderbans to prepare “Arogya Sandesh“. It will also have extracts of tulsi leaves, an official of the Animal Resources Development Department told PTI.

He further added that no artificial flavours would be added to the mithai. It will be available in the department’s outlets in the city and neighbouring districts, he said.

The sandesh will boost the immune system as a whole but it is not a COVID-19 antidote, the official further told PTI.

Sunderbans Affairs Minister Manturam Pakhira said the honey for making Arogya Sandesh will be collected from beehives in places such as Pirkhali, Jharkhali and other parts of the Sunderbans. It will be stored in a scientific manner.

According to an official in the animal resources development department, the sandesh is expected to hit the shelves in another two months and it will be quite affordable too.

Earlier this month, a reputed sweetmeat chain of Kolkata came out with an “Immunity Sandesh” claiming that it contains various herbs and spices such as haldi (turmeric), tulsi, saffron, and cardamom and Himalayan honey, which will boost immunity to fight novel coronavirus, NDTV reported.

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