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Meghalaya is an agricultural State known for its Organic Farming. Being rich in Pineapple one can find many food processing industries operating successfully in this state.
Pineapple variety found in this part of North East is the Kew variety. Kew variety is a late-maturing pineapple variety and is the leading commercial variety in India. It is valued particularly for it's canning quality. Fruit weighs 2-3kg, and is oblong in shape, slightly tapering towards the crown. Eyes are broad and shallow making fruits more suitable for canning. The fruit is yellow when fully ripe and flesh is light yellow, almost fibreless, and very juicy with 0.6-1.2% acid, and its TSS content varies from 12-16 Brix.
India is ranked fifth with a share of 8.2 % of the total production of pineapples in the world with the major part of the crop coming from the North eastern states of India.
In the Street venders of India photo essay.
Also by Saroj Swain
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