A Visit To Land Of Pineapple

Pineapple FarmsWe were planning for a tour, some of the family members were interested to visit southern part of India and some were interested in north-east. Finally we decided to visit north-east. Everybody started planning, so did I. Before going to north-east I Googled about the different places, culture, whether and eatables etc. of north-east. While we were travelling by train to Nagaland we saw lot of pineapple fields, it was really interesting, I had never seen this fruit growing.
 
Pineapple DelightDuring the visit I thought of getting some awareness and some more facts of this fruit. We started researching, first step we took was to taste fresh pineapple juice, it was YUMMY!!!, then we had some dishes of pineapple that day, Lemon-pineapple delight was served with the main course and Strawberry-Pineapple Parfait in deserts, these were awesome. 

Pineapple FruitLater during the travel, observing our interest in pineapple, my father  arranged a visit to Central Institute of Horticulture in Medziphema, Nagaland. Spreaded in 43.5 ha with huge pineapple farms, photo gallery was tremendous. We were given lot of literature related to pineapple and some good recopies also. There are lot of initiatives taken by the government for pineapple growers and industry in processing etc.

Pineapple ProcessingWe saw the processing plant of the pineapple during our journey. Pineapple is packed with high hygiene in tinned packs and is available in different forms like pineapple juice; pineapple pulp; pineapple whole slices and pineapple small pieces.One of the Horticulturist from CIH told us that Fruits are mainly harvested during July-August.   The fruit is ready for harvest when the dark green colour becomes lighter and the deep seated eyes become shallow.Harvesting should be done with a sharp knife severing the fruit stalk with a clean cut and retaining 5-7 cm of the stalk. Slips and a part of the crown are removed. Any mechanical injury on the fruit skin may cause the fruit to rot quickly. Hence, great care is necessary in handling the fruit.He also told us that Pineapple in its processed form is quite popular worlwide and India is one of the prime Exporter of such products

After coming back from north east I could not stop myself from researching for pineapple, I Googled it again not for north-east, however, for pineapple in north-east India. I came across some web links having good information and has a good helpdesk too. In case you need any  information regarding Pineapple you can visit www.pineappleindia.com

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Imran Ali on October 30, 2011 at 3:53 am

    I am from Bidhannagar, Dist: Darjeeling, West Bengal.
    I keen interest to supply raw pineapple products from my locality with best price rate. Please contact me.

    Reply

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