World’s Most Expensive Vegetable-1Lakh/Kg

The world’s most expensive vegetable grown by a farmer in Bihar costs 1lakh/kg.

A farmer from Bihar has taken over social media by cultivating a vegetable that costs 1lakh/kg. As a matter of fact, the name of this vegetable is Hop Shoots. Furthermore, the cultivation of the world’s most expensive vegetable has begun on a trial basis and more than 60 percent of the cultivation has been done successfully. Bihar farmer Amresh Singh is cultivating hop shoots, the world’s costliest crop.

Many farmers around the world do various experiments in order to grow healthy fruits and vegetables and good quality crops. Moreover, there are many vegetables that have a direct impact on health benefits. Some of such vegetables are broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, pumpkins, cucumbers, cabbage, bitter gourd, zucchini, brinjal, radish, beetroot, etc. Additionally, one such vegetable that has immense health benefits is Hop Shoots.

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What are Hop-Shoots? 

Hops are green color flowers that have a cone shape and belong to the plant in the cannabis family. Furthermore, they are native to North America and are known to be extremely unusual. This vegetable has various health benefits. According to a research, the fruit, flower, and stem of hop-shoots are all used in the manufacture of drinks, beers, and medicines such as antibiotics. Additionally, there are many other vast health benefits of this expensive vegetable. The medicine which is made out of the stem of this plant is known to be highly helpful to cure Tuberculosis (TB). 

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World’s most expensive vegetable-Hop Shoots

In European countries, people often use hop shoots as a herb. Also, it is famous for keeping the skin healthy and young as it is a rich source of antioxidants.  In addition, the plant shoots have an acid  in them that is effective in killing cancer cells in the human body. The medicine improves digestion, offers relief for those suffering from depression or anxiety, acts as an analgesic, and treats insomnia.

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Why is Hop Shoots so expensive?

Apparently, these effective properties have given a boost to the price of this vegetable. The vegetable is expensive because of the high cultivation and harvesting costs. Additionally, the harvesting is difficult as it has to be done by hand and it takes three years for it to come to fruition. The hop shoots are ”absolutely back-breaking to harvest” and hence the vegetable is expensive. 

This vegetable costs around Rs 85,000 per kg in the international markets. According to a report, it used to sell for 1000 pounds per kilo in international markets even six years ago, which is roughly Rs. 1 lakh today. This crop is rarely seen in Indian markets and can only be purchased by placing a specific order. As a matter of fact, Amresh Singh, an enterprising farmer from Bihar, is growing the world’s most expensive vegetable hop shoots, the first one in India.

How did Amresh Singh grow Hop Shoots?

Amresh Singh is a 38-year-old farmer from Bihar’s Karamdih village of Aurangabad. Amresh Singh, an intermediate-pass from Hazaribagh’s St. Columbus College, is the first person to start hop shoots cultivation. He began growing this vegetable in his 5 kathas of land without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Moreover, he spent Rs. 2.5 lakhs in his attempt to harvest this unique vegetable. Likewise, he brought the saplings from Varanasi’s Indian Vegetable Research Institute two months ago and cultivated them.

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In an interview, Amresh said, “I am happy to say that more than 60 percent of its cultivation has happened successfully. I have planted the saplings of this vegetable two months ago after having brought it from the Indian Vegetable Research Institute at Varanasi. I hope it will be a grand success and turnaround agriculture in Bihar too.”

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He further added, “Its flower is known as hop-cones which is used as a stability agent in the making of beer. The rest of the twigs are effective for food and medicine purposes. In the farming sector, taking a risk with self-confidence ultimately helps the farmer to win. I have taken the risk for experimenting with the cultivation of hop-shoot in Bihar. I hope it will set a benchmark.”

“If PM Modi makes a special arrangement for the promotion of cultivation of ‘hop-shoots’, it will make the farmers earn 10 times more than they can do by other means of agriculture within a couple of years.”, he added.

The news gained attention after an IAS officer shared this farmers story.

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The news gained attention after a senior Indian bureaucrat of Additional Secretary, Indian Administrative Officer IAS Supriya Sahu shared a story of Amresh Singh. In the viral tweet, Officer Sahu wrote, “One kilogram of this vegetable costs about Rs 1 lakh ! World’s costliest vegetable, hop-shoots is being cultivated by Amresh Singh an enterprising farmer from Bihar, the first one in India. Can be a game changer for Indian farmers.”

Supriya Sahu, a senior bureaucrat, is one of many social media users who shared Amresh’s story, praising him for his creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, which might help other farmers grow crops for better benefit.

At present, Agricultural scientist Dr. Lal of the Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi has been supervising the cultivation of hop-shoots.

For updated information on this article, do read Real or Fake: Bihar Man Growing Worlds Most Expensive Vegetable 1 lakh/kg

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