North-east is a fruit lover’s paradise and there is no way we can include all the fruits you get in this region in one go. So, here are just some of them that are popular and well-known.
At 12,000 feet above sea level in West Tawang, you will find one of the most delicious apples. Surrounded by pristine mountains, Arunachal Pradesh is emerging as one of the major apple-growing state in the North-east. Red in colour and juicy and sweet in taste, these apples make your taste-buds really happy.
There are mandarins and then there are the Khasi Mandarins. Certified as the best mandarin in India by the Union Ministry of Horticulture, Khasi Mandarins are fleshier and juicier. Distinguished by its tight and smooth skin, they are bit more difficult to peel, but the sweet smell and taste of it makes it worth the trouble.
The west district of Sikkim is famous for their orange orchards. Lines and lines of green trees bearing lush oranges is quite a sight. Its sweet and juicy flavour makes it a favourite among the locals and tourists alike.
Also known as the Chinese gooseberry, Arunachal Pradesh is the largest kiwi producing state in India. Loaded with vitamin C, this delicate sweet-sour fruit is versatile and can be used in salads, desserts and even wine. In fact, a high quality wine made from kiwi fruits of Arunachal Pradesh was launched last year. Cheers to that.
Assam is one of the main litchi growing states in India and the juicy Tezpur litchis of Assam are the ones that you should get your hands on. It’s so good that it even got the coveted geographical indication (GI) tags, protecting them from production elsewhere and making them very exclusively delicious. So, if you have friends in Assam then ask them to get you a bunch of litchis from Tezpur.
6. KACHAI LEMON:
Unlike other varieties of lemons grown elsewhere, Kachai lemon from Manipur has a rich acerbic acid content of 70-80 percent, which is the highest in the family of citric acid. It gets its name from the village of Kachai nestled in the Ukhrul district of Manipur. Kachai lemons have a unique taste and are juicier than other lemons you might find in the markets.
If you love Pineapples then you have to try the pineapples from Tripura and Nagaland. The Tripuri queen pineapples are spiny, golden yellow in colour and have a pleasant sweet aroma when it is ripe. And pineapples found in Nagaland are considered to be among the best in the world for its sweet taste and also because it has less or no fibre. They are juicy and succulent and can be bought at throwaway prices during the pineapple season.
8. STAR FRUIT:
Commonly known as kordoi in Assam, this sweet and tart flavoured fruit gets its name because it actually looks like a star when you slice it up. Widely used in Assamese cuisines, this fruit can be eaten raw with its skin and also cooked as a vegetable or made into delicious jams.
9. PASSION FRUIT:
One of the oldest fruits that have been grown for centuries, passion fruit from Mizoram is very popular because of its aromatic taste and flavouring properties. It is also cultivated in other North-east states like Manipur and Nagaland, but Mizo passion fruit is sweeter and tastier.