EXOTIC VEGETABLES FOR INDIAN GARDENS

by Samin Rizvi

Historically many exotic vegetables eventually became an integral part of local cuisines & got popularized more than the local varieties. In India, currently, vegetables that are referred as exotic have been introduced in the last few decades.

Some of these exotic vegetables in India are not yet household names, while some of them are slowly gaining popularity. Still, for now, these vegetables are primarily confined to elite restaurants & affluent Indian families.

Exotic vegetables have very high market value in India; they are commercially cultivated mostly in poly-houses or green shade net houses. However, growing these tasty & nutritious veggies in your home gardens is not as complicated as it seems.

Here is a list of exotic vegetables in India that you can grow in your kitchen garden for this winter:

1. Asparagus:

The tender part of its stem known as the spear or ‘Top’ is blanched Bromeliad Zebrina or Aechmea Zebrina 

2. Broccoli:

This cabbage family vegetable has recently made its way in local Indian cuisines. Unlike cabbage & cauliflower, a single plant.

3. Colored Capsicum:

These are non-pungent varieties of bell pepper available in yellow, red, orange colors. Seeds are better sown in a late monsoon for proper harvesting in winters.

4. Cherry Tomato:

This is a small distinct variety of tomato treated as a different vegetable. 

5. Parsley:

This can be an excellent flavoring herb & decoration material for sandwiches & salads. It can be easily grown in containers from seeds, takes 6-8 weeks to be ready.

6. Celery:

Leaves and stem are used in soups & salads as flavorings. It takes a 4-5 month from seed sowing to harvest.

7. Chinese cabbage:

Although referred as cabbage, this vegetable belongs to different species & is more closely related to. This is often used in Chinese cuisines.


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