India among largest exporters of cucumbers and gherkins

Indian exports have crossed the $200 million mark regarding pickled cucumbers, which is globally referred as gherkins or cornichons, in the last financial year. This means that India has emerged as the largest exporter of gherkins in the world. India has exported cucumbers and gherkins to the tune of 123,846 tons with a value of $114 million during April-October (2020-21).

Gherkins are exported under two categories -- cucumbers and gherkins, which are prepared and preserved by vinegar or acetic acid and cucumbers and gherkins, which are provisionally preserved.

Gherkin cultivation, processing and exports started in India during the early 1990s with a modest beginning in Karnataka and later extended to the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Nearly 15 per cent production of the world's gherkin requirement is grown in India.


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