Gifts from Shimla
Shimla fruit products
Himachal Pradesh is gifted with a variety of agro-climatic conditions, which are suitable for growing a large variety of fruits. With Citrus fruits in valleys, Grapes in high hills, Mangoes, Litchis, plums, almonds, Strawberries, Apricots, Peaches, Cherries, Pears in warmer and temperate regions - it is Fruit Bowl of the country.
Himachal is the top apple producing state in India. Apple revolution here started in 1920 when Apple sampling brought from America were grown at Kotgarh in Shimla District on an experimental basis. None had believed that it would bring prosperity to this hill state. People took fancy to horticulture and the state soon became Apple State of India.
Special efforts are being made to promote cultivation of new crops like Kiwi, olives, figs, hops, mushrooms, flowers, pistachio nuts, melons and saffron.
The region in and around Shimla happens to be a leading producer of fruit based products like Pickles, Juices, sauces and Jams. Fruit products from Shimla are ideal gifts to carry for near and dear ones. These are available in various forms at many company and government outlets along the Kalka Shimla national highway.
HPMC is the government agency involved in food processing and all type of products including fresh apple juices can be purchased from its various outlets in Shimla and all along the national highway towards Chandigarh. Various kinds of fruit packs are available to carry back for friends and relatives.
Products to carry back home
Juices and squashes
Apple, Guava, Litchi, Mango, Pineapple strawberry, orange
Pickles and chutneys
Mango, Lemon, Green Chilly, ginger garlic, mushroom mixed etc...
Jams & Sauces
Apple, pineapple, plum, Kiwi, strawberry, apricot, mixed fruit jams, tomato sauces and ketchups
Wood products from Shimla
Wood products like walking sticks, decorative small boats, wooden toys, key chains etc. which are ideal gifts to carry can be bought from the Lakkar bazaar adjoining the ridge Shimla. This is the popular place to buy wooden articles. The attractive wooden items are prepared from the softwood found in the hilly region.
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