India is a land of diversities in terms of culture, cuisine, language and climatic conditions. These diverse climatic conditions are apt for certain type of farming. The hot climate of Nagpur is perfect for oranges, cold climate of Shimla is good for apples, Allahabad is a good place for Guava cultivation etc. Following is a list of top 10 fruit capitals of India.
Nagpur – The Orange City
Nagpur is synonymous with Oranges. Nagpur is by far the largest cultivator of oranges as compared to whole of other Indian cities. Oranges are grown over a 20,965 hectares of land, while in total Vidharva region 80,000 hectares are under Orange cultivation. There are 2 seasons of Oranges, Ambiya and Mrig with the Oranges of Mrig season being bigger and sweeter.
Mahabaleshwar – Strawberry
Mahabaleshwar an acclaimed hill station is also the Strawberry capital of India. Visitors are greeted with numerous Strawberry farms across the town. The main season is May-June for the Strawberries to ripen. Tourists can visit the farms to have a look at the farm fresh berries and pluck the tender fruit from the bushes. It is one of the major activity a tourist can indulge in.
Ratnagiri – Alphonso Mangoes
Ratnagiri synonymous with Hapus mangoes. One of the most expensive variety in Mangoes. Here one dozen Alphonso mangoes can cost you Rs.1000 approximately. Ratnagiri region in Maharashtra is famous for growing Hapus Mangoes. The fertile alluvial soil of Ratnagiri produces succulent and incredibly sweet Mangoes. During season the markets of Ratnagiri are full of this wonderful fruit.
Nashik – Grapes
Most of India’s Grape orchards are found in Nashik. The climatic conditions of Nashik are apt for cultivating grapes. The seedless variety of grapes from Nashik is popular all over India and abroad.
Siliguri – Pinapples
Siliguri is situated in the plains at the base of the Himalayan mountains. This city is also called as the “second Kolkata of West Bengal”. It is a traditional Pineapple growing zone. Bidhannagar, located around 45 kilometres from Siliguri, is famous for its Pineapples. Pineapples from here are popular all over India besides being exported to Nepal and Bhutan.
Jalgaon – Bananas
Jalgaon district lying in the north Maharashtra, has earned the reputation of the “Banana Capital of India”. Jalgaon contributes to more than 16% of India’s total Banana production. The district has 48000 hectares of land under Banana plantation. The sweet Basrai variant is very popular in the domestic market.
Dahanu Bordi – Chiku Orchards
Just 145 kms from Mumbai at Bordi-Dahanu there is a multitude of Chiku farms dotting the landscape. Dahanu has been home to a large number of Chikoo farmers for a long number of years. A trip to the Chiku plantations is a great way to get close to the nature.
Goa – Cashew Nuts
During season the hills and vales of Goa are aromatic with the sweet smell of the ripening cashew apples. The Goan cashew nuts fetch a premium price due to its excellent quality. Also, from Cashew apples comes Fenny, synonymous with Goan culture. The dry fruit business is the second largest business (after tourism) in Goa.
Kotgarh – Apples
Kotgarh is a famous place near Shimla and is very famous for its quality and abundance of apples and apricots Kotgarh, the land of Apples is located 82 km from Shimla. It is here that the apple revolution of Himachal made a start with an American missionary planting the first seeds. The sight of Apple trees with the unripe fruit dangling soothes the eyes of visitors.
Allahabad – Guavas
Guavas cultivated in the orchards of Allahabad, the city of Triveni Sangam enjoys a heavy demand due to their delicious taste. Out of all the available varieties of Guava, Allahabadi Safeda and Surkha are outstanding in taste, shape, size and color.