The time is ripe for an apple a day
Rise in production of Himachal and Kinnaur apples has resulted in a boom in the APMC market in Vashi, making it the fruit of choice this festive season
A bumper apple crop this season has led to a 25 per cent rise in the overall variety of the fruit reaching APMC market in Vashi. Although the production of Kinnaur apples has not been great on account of the heavy rains, the rise in quantities of Himachal and Kashmir apples coming into the market have compensated for this.
Nature’s bounty: On an average, 1,621 quintals of apple are seen entering the APMC market every day.
At present, fresh crops from the Himachal have stopped coming in, and only the fruit from the cold storage has been arriving in the market. But traders are anticipating that Kinnaur apples will continue entering the market till December, traders are predicting.
On an average, 1,621 quintals of apple are seen entering the APMC market every day. “The ice that is a must for the fruit was good this year, especially for the variety coming from Himachal and Kashmir. However, this was not the case for the Kinnaur apples, which are from higher altitudes and are known for their fragrance and taste. A major variety of Kinnaur apples were wiped out by the rains that hit in June this year,” said Jijabhau Mahtre, a trader from Shradha Fruit traders in APMC, Vashi.
The apple season, which began in June first saw Himachal apples coming into the market. “Kinnaur apples are known to give tough competition to the imported variety of the fruit coming from Washington and China. If you can still see imported fruits in the market this year, it is only because the Kinnaur variety of the crop has not been as per expectations.
But as production at other places has been good, overall production has increased,” said Sanjay Pansare, director of the APMC fruit market. Apples are a popular choice of gifts for social calls made during festivals like Diwali. “While some prefer the mixed fruit basket,, there are others who would gift only a box of apples,” said Ram Morde, a retail seller.
Rs 100-180 per kg: Himachal Pradesh apples
Rs 80-160 per kg: Kinnaur apples
Rs 50-120 per kg: Kashmir apples