As I was flicking through the pages of Little India trying to settle on the first curry to try, I wondered if apples grow in India. Turns out, apples do grow in India, though not all of India. Just a few states have the right conditions to grow apples: Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand & Arunachal Pradesh. All of these areas border China, and China is the top apple producer in the world, so that kind of makes sense. It appears that India is the 5th highest producer of apples in the World following China, America, Turkey & Italy.
So apples grow in India. The next question that occurred in my mind was what sort of apples grown in India – seems the usual Granny Smith, Golden Delicious & Cox’s Orange amongst other well known apples grown there. However there have been some hybrids created, some of which are:
- Lal Ambri (Red Delicious x Ambri)
- Sunehari (Ambri x Golden Delicious)
- Chaubattia Princess & Chaubattia Anupam (both Early Shan berry x Red Delicious)
And the final question I had was how the apples are utilised in the cuisine of these areas of India. Do they cook with them, or just eat them as fruit? Are they sweet or savoury or both? I know of several sausage curries in NZ cookbooks that include apples but assumed (before I knew apples grew in India) that apples in curry (especially with sausages) was a kiwi “thing”.
After a bit of research, I discovered some interesting sounding recipes which I have added to my “must try” list (which is getting a bit too long). I found quite a few sweet apple recipes & the odd chutney or pickle with apples, but not too many curries.