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Did You Know? Indians In Thailand Are Developing A Taste For Exotic Fruits And Vegetables

Vegetable Market in Thailand

Thailand, April 3 (Uitv) - What is common in zucchini, red cabbage and dragon fruit? They are all similar with Chinese or South-east Asian style of cooking exotic produce popping up in vegetable markets that are now being Indianized by local restaurant.

Although Indians have been eating fancy for a long time now, two trends have withstood the test of time is that love for Chinese food and a growing desire to eat healthy.

This has led to a gradual increase in interest in vegetables such as zucchini, broccoli, red cabbage, red and yellow capsicum and fruits like the spiky dragon fruit a so-called super food that is almost entirely imported from South-east Asia.

Importing of dragon fruit and seeds of zucchini and red cabbage are rising in keeping with these trends and farmers are taking up cultivation of these new crops to feed the new demand.

Dragon fruits at the Dadar vegetable market have been selling for some three years. Prices here vary between Rs25 and Rs50 per piece, each piece weighing approximately 150-250 grams. Most ask for the fruit, which they simply call “dragon”.

But the Chinese association with these vegetables has slowly begun to change as they crop up in Indian style of cooking. Deewano Da Dhaba, a restaurant in Versova, offers tandoori broccoli, a healthier alternative to tandoori gobi in its menu of snacks.