Though it has been close to a week since I came back from vacation, my brain seems to be in India! During my vacation in Hyderabad, visiting the ‘Raithu Bazaar’ (Farmer’s market) was an interesting experience. Since I am not a fan of purchasing fruits and vegetables in the store like we do here in Minnesota especially in the winter season, I treasure the experience of buying vegetables from the farmer’s market. And in India, due to the variation in climatic conditions across the country, each state has its own variety/specialty of vegetables.
When one speaks of plant diversity in India, the two major regions that come to mind are the Western Ghats, and the hilly regions of the North East.Some of the plants native to the North East region include Lablab beans and Smooth Gourd.
However, it is worrisome to read that climate change has effected the indigenous vegetables of Nagaland. According to the news report, climate change has effected the growth of the vegetables, not only resulting in scarcity of vegetables, but also decrease in their quality, and increase in the prices.
“What used to be a thriving season for indigenous pumpkins and jute plant leaves, they have still not sprouted. The rising temperature is causing some indigenous vegetables to perish and many other have lost their original taste.”