In India, exotic mushrooms, tangy kiwis, green olives, fresh broccoli, dragon fruit and many other items have been gaining popularity in recent times among urban population and gourmet hotels.
While they are imported from all over the world, India too have begun its production as the market grew significantly. The Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu produces the finest quality of lettuce, while freshly grown avocados can be found in Himachal Pradesh.
In 2018, India imported fruits and vegetables worth $3 billion while in 2019, the figure dropped to $1.2 billion. The growth of international food in India is being closely followed by the domestic production of international foods, which itself is growing at 14-16 percent.
The federal government announced to provide seeds and saplings of exotic food ingredients to local farmers, in order to promote this small yet significant sector. Among fruits, those that are imported in large quantities include Japan’s Fuji apples and other varieties of green apples, red grapes, dates, berries, kiwi fruit, different types of mandarin oranges pomelo, and several other varieties of citrus fruits.