Agronomy of Exotic Fruits and Vegetables In India.

Did you know India holds the distinction of being the world’s second largest producer of fruits?

Gone are those days when “exotic” fruits and vegetables were only available overseas. Fruits are an essential part of our lives and should be consumed on a daily basis as they are packed with vitamin C, fiber, potassium, folate and other minerals. Gradually India is adapting to the cultivation of such exotic fruits and vegetables. With a climate that ranges from cold Himalayan regions to hot Tropical, India has much to offer in terms of its diversity. When fruits like mangoes, bananas and citrus collection are produced in abundance, most of the fruits unknown to us are collected from the wild and are eaten by the locals.

First Agro founders K.N Prasada and M. Nameet grew a plethora of 38 varieties of tomatoes, rare peppers from the Caribbean and Peru, Japanese and Thai in their farms in Talakad, Karnataka. With an increasing number of restaurants and their demands for exotic fruits and vegetables for exploring international cuisines, the business of the same is growing at a fast pace. To cut down on the transportation cost & imports, Indians are trying to cultivate those rare and unique fruits and vegetables using high advanced technology and methods.  The food service market was estimated at $48 Billion by the National Restaurant Association of India and Technopak.  Domestic production means substantial savings for the restaurants and ultimately for the consumers.

Here’s a list of exotic produces that has made its way to India in quite some time:

Mangosteen

Mangosteen is a fruit native to Southeast Asia. National fruit of Thailand, It gets its name from the sweet and tart flavor. Purple in color, the fruit has a white fleshy pulp, segmented with seeds is also called the Queens of Fruits.  They are a rich of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Loaded with multiple health benefits, here’s how this tropical fruit can help you

  • Boosts Immunity
  • Helpful for Menstrual Problems
  • Regulates Blood Pressure and Boosts Hearth Health
  • Boosts Skin Care
  • Solution to your tummy problems
  • Aids in Weight Loss

Zucchini

Also known as courgetti, Zucchini has its origin in America and is available in yellow, light green and green. This variety of summer squash belongs to the same species that of other squashes and pumpkin. Even though Zucchini is Fruit, it is mostly consumed as a vegetable. Packed with various health benefits, here’s how the American fruit can help you

  • Aids in Weight loss
  • Protects Cardiovascular System
  • Maintains Optimal Health

Kiwi

Known as the Chinese Gooseberry, Kiwi is native to China. The green flesh is tangy and sweet and their black seeds are edible.  This delicious tropical fruit is jam-packed with a variety of nutrients such as Vitamin C, A and B6, calcium, iron and magnesium.  This tangy fruit has numerous health benefits and they are

  • Rejuvenates Skin
  • Prevents Hair Loss
  • Lightens Dark Circles
  • Helps to fight cancer
  • Helps Manage Blood Pressure
  • Boosts Immunity

Pak Choy

Often known as the Chinese cabbage, Pak Choy originally comes from China but later gained fame in European food particularly in The UK. Its structure looks like squat celery with either white or very pale green short, chunky stalks and glossy, deep green leaves. The texture of both the leaves and stalk is on a crispier side and the flavor is somewhere between mild cabbage and spinach.

Here are some health benefits

  • Keeps the Bones healthy
  • Controls blood pressure
  • Keep the Eyes healthy
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Keeps the Skin Healthy
  • Maintains Digestion

Karonda (Carandas Berry)

Cultivated in the Shivalik hills of Bihar and West Bengal, Karonda is a hardy, spiney and evergreen shrub. Dark purple in color, it has a smooth texture and a tangy taste. It is a savior for various skin conditions as it helps in stimulating the blood. This summer fruit can be used in making pickles, jams and even mocktails. My personal favorite is the karonda achaar which has a super zingy flavor. Recommended for all for the achar addicts. Although they are super tiny in size, they are packed with a number of health benefits.

  • Helps to cure anemia
  • Leaf decoction is used to treat fever, diarrhea and earache
  • Boosts Brain Power
  • Helps to give relief from bad digestion, stomach pain and constipation

Head over to your nearest super market and bring home these power packed produces for a healthier and energetic lifestyle.