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On a Fruit Trail in India

By: Akshatha Vinayak

Food travel is one of the best travels; when we visit certain places, we should also try the local cuisines! A slight twist in the tale, let us taste the juicy fruits in these fruit destinations of India.

Fruits are the backbone of good health; it is a must to enrich our diet. Most fruits are seasonal and are grown according to the climatic conditions.

Let us take a tutti-frutti tour in the fruit capitals of India!

Ratnagiri Alphonso Mango

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Ratnagiri - Alphonso Mangoes

Season: April to July

Hapus Mangoes are the essence of Ratnagiri. The fertile alluvial soil gives yummy Mangoes that are quite expensive in the market. Ratnagiri, in the coastlines of Maharashtra is a beautiful town. Alphonso Mango with its creamy-sweetness is the King of Indian Mangoes. 'Hapus' with the 'H' being silent is the local name for these mangoes.

Mahabaleshwar

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Mahabaleshwar - Strawberries

Season: October to March

You can say that " Strawberries Paint the Hill Station Red"! Pinkish Red Strawberry farms are one of the attractions in Mahabaleshwar. A trip to Mahabaleshwar is incomplete without a visit to the strawberry farms. Strawberry products fill the shops in this hill station. Even strawberry festivals are organised in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani.

Nagpur

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Nagpur - Orange

Season: December to March

The tangy-sweety taste of Orange doesn't fail to impress many. Nagpur, the city of oranges, is one of the largest producer of Oranges in India. It is a beautiful sight to look at the orange spheres sticking in the tree. A visit to the orange farms is going to be fun and interesting! Who doesn't love the citrus fruit?!

Apple

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Kotagarh - Apples

All Season

Pahadi beauty and apple orchards complement each other in Kotagarh! Reddish apples covering the trees make a yummy picture! Take a deviation from Shimla for about 75km to visit Kotagarh, the Apple Bowl of India. Kotagarh apples also have high demand outside the country. How can you miss out on tasting the Kotagarh apples on your visit to Himachal Pradesh?!

Jalgaon

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Jalgaon - Bananas

All Season

Jalgaon, the Banana Capital of India, will be a enjoyable visit. Jalgaon's independent farmers came up with techniques like drip irrigation to get more production of bananas. Well, they succeeded in their efforts and today Jalgaon is Banana rich! Banana Fields are worth a look here!

Fruits are converted into deserts, beverages, jams and so on. They can also be consumed instead of junk food. Well, isn't it interesting to know about some of the fruit capitals of India?!

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