India Emerges As The Pickle King Of The World; Largest Exporter Of Gherkins

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by Sanjana Shenoy

In India, we thrive over our achaar (pickle) that elevates our meals to a whole new level. Gherkin is a pickle that’s widely consumed across the world. Baby cucumbers are pickled in jars with brine or vinegar to prepare gherkins. Interestingly, India has emerged as the ‘Pickle King of The World’. It’s now become the largest exporter of gherkins and cucumbers in the world, with exports crossing $200 million. Read on to know more.

India Become World’s Largest Gherkin Exporter

India alone meets 15 per cent of the world’s demand for gherkins. According to a Deccan Herald report, India exported 1,23,846 metric tonnes of cucumbers and gherkins from April to October 2021, with a value of  $114 million. These gherkins are exported in ready-to-eat packs or drums. India has plants of international standards to cater to the growing gherkin global demand. Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana process and export the pickled cucumbers to 20 countries.

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India Exports Gherkins To 20 Countries Including The USA, Canada & France

The USA, South Korea, Israel, Canada, Germany and France are some of the nations that import pickled cucumbers from India. “The Pickle King of the World”, India, carries out gherkin farming under contracts given to around 90,000 small and marginal farmers, with an annual production region of 65,000 acres. A gherkin farmer in India earns around ₹80,000 with a net income of ₹40,000.


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