Sheohar Moringa

Bihar, a largely agrarian economy contributes a sizeable share to India's annual production of paddy, wheat, maize, lentils, chickpea, sugarcane, jute, mango, banana, litchi, jackfruit, guava, grass pea and now moringa. It is estimated that Bihar has the highest proportion of total land put to agricultural use in India.   The cropping pattern seen in... Continue Reading →

Bhojpur Pea (Grass Pea)

Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.), known locally as khesari dal (kesari dal) was once an economically important crop grown extensively in Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Archaeological excavations in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh revealed that this crop was cultivated in the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. This crop can survive... Continue Reading →

Kishanganj Pineapple

Kishanganj district, located on the foothills of the Himalayas is famous for its jute and paddy. In recent years, small and marginal farmers of this district have started cultivating tea and pineapple that are much sought-after in the markets of Delhi, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi, West Bengal and others.   Kishanganj has the ideal agro-climatic conditions... Continue Reading →

Gopalganj Papaya

Gopalganj district, located in the north-west corner of Bihar is one of the most important agricultural clusters of the state. Gopalganj, also known as Gannachal is blessed with the waters of the Gandak River and its tributaries, fertile alluvial soil and hot and dry climatic conditions that are ideal for the cultivation of sugarcane, wheat, rice,... Continue Reading →

Madhubani Makhana (Foxnut)

Lotus seeds, commonly known as makhana is mainly cultivated in Bihar, Assam and West Bengal with Bihar accounting for more than 85 percent of the total production in India. Also known as gorgon nut or foxnut, this superfood thrives in the agro-climatic conditions prevailing in the districts of Madhubani, Darbhanga, Sitamarhi, Saharsa, Katihar, Purnia, Supaul,... Continue Reading →

Katarni Rice of Bihar

Some of the rarest and finest aromatic rice varieties of India are found in the Bhagalpur and Magadh divisions of Bihar. Bhagalpur has been a traditional aromatic rice growing area where varieties such as Katarni, Tulsi Manjari and Badshah Bhog are widely grown. Over the years, variations of Katarni like Bhauri Katarni, Deshla Katarni, Sabour... Continue Reading →

भागलपुरी जर्दालू आम (Bhagalpuri Zardalu Mango, Bihar)

हालांकि भागलपुर के जर्दालू आम का उल्लेख भारत की उच्च कोटि की आम की श्रेणियों जैसे: दशहरी, लंगड़ा, हापुज में कहीं नहीं पाया जाता, परंतु इस सौंधी खुशबू वाले आम को अब धीरे धीरे वह पहचान मिल रही है, जिसका यह अधिकारी है। असल में, जर्दालू आम का अपना रोचक इतिहास है, कहा जाता है... Continue Reading →

बिहार का गोविंद भोग और कटारनी चावल (Govind Bhog Rice and Katarni Rice of Bihar)

बिहार का सुप्रसिद्ध चावल “गोविंद भोग” जैसा कि इसके नाम से ही पता चलता है, भगवान गोविंदा का भोग बनाने के लिए उपयोग में लाई जाने वाली मुख्य सामग्री है। बिहार के कैमूर ज़िले में इसकी खेती किए जाने के पीछे एक बड़ा ही रोचक इतिहास है।   मोकरी गाँव जो कि कैमूर जिले की... Continue Reading →

Bhagalpuri Zardalu of Bihar

Though Zardalu might not find mention among the top varieties of mangoes in India that include Dusseheri, Langra and Alphonso, this mid-season fragrant mango is now much sought-after outside the districts of Banka and Munger in Bihar and slowly getting the recognition it duly deserves.   Zardalu or Jardalu as it is also known as,... Continue Reading →

Shahi Litchi of Bihar

Litchi or lychee was initially introduced in Bengal and gradually spread to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. The humid conditions and alluvial soil which is rich in calcium in Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga as well as nearby areas proved ideal for litchi cultivation in Bihar. In fact, litchi has been an important fruit crop of Muzaffarpur... Continue Reading →

Magahi Paan

Paan ka patha or betel leaf has been inherent in the ancient culture of India where it features as an important symbolism in the lives of aristocrats as well as commoners. Its use in India dates back to 400 BC where ancient books of Ayurveda, Charaka, Sushruta and others mention the importance of chewing betel leaf... Continue Reading →

Govind Bhog Rice and Katarni Rice of Bihar

The legendary Govind Bhog rice that derives its name from its usage as the main ingredient in the preparation of offerings to Lord Govinda has a very interesting history behind its cultivation in the Kaimur district of Bihar.   Mokri village that is situated under the Maa Mundeshwari hill of Kaimur district of Bihar is... Continue Reading →

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