Indian Basmati Prices Could Remain Firm

Submitted by Aaron Sanders on Sun, 05/10/2020 - 08:45

Indian basmati prices could remain firm this year as coronavirus has led to shortage of supplies in India. The main region growing high quality basmati rice is the north Indian region falling in the plains of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The reason for firming up prices is less of stock with the Indian government. The government buys majority of wheat and normal rice varieties in India and has set a minimum support price to help the famers in distress.

Due to coronavirus pandemic, Indian government provided extra food grains to Indian residents living in poverty this year. As per reports, majority of government grain storages in North India have very low grains stored at the moment as the distribution of grains on mass scale was carried out this season. Indian government has even procured fresh wheat crop from Punjab and Haryana amid coronavirus lockdown in order to send to other states.


Indian Basmati Exports Decline but Prices Remain Firm

Submitted by Aaron Sanders on Mon, 04/20/2020 - 12:25

Indian basmati rice is among the best rice varieties grown across the world, mainly due to its aroma, nutritional profile and long grains that don’t glue like other rice varieties. Basmati rice is mainly grown in India (with higher percentage grown in North India) and many parts of Pakistan.

Some Italian farmers have also tried growing basmati rice but the international trade is still dominated by Indian and Pakistani basmati rice. As per some reports, basmati rice from Pakistan is having better flavor and aroma. However, such small differences can only be told by rice experts. I have myself tried both variants of Rice, from India and Pakistan, and I could hardly tell the difference.

Quinoa Imports Growing Steadily from South America to Europe

Submitted by Aaron Sanders on Sun, 04/19/2020 - 08:08

Quinoa is another Peruvian (or South American) pseudo-cereal that has been gaining market share across North America and Europe in the recent years.

As per Organic Market Europe report, Peru is the largest exporter of Quinoa, followed by Bolivia and Chile. Even farmers in California started growing quinoa considering high prices and increased demand for this gluten-free grain.

Gluten free products have been gaining popularity in ingredients and snack products. While majority of people consuming gluten free diets aren’t having any kind of gluten allergy, they are consuming these products for two major reasons.

Some of them are just following the trends and as gluten free is the cool thing to eat, they are consuming it.


Maca – The Peruvian Adaptogen Gaining Popularity Across the World

Submitted by Aaron Sanders on Sun, 04/19/2020 - 07:31

Peruvian people and Inca warriors have a great history and like any other region of the world, they have some peculiar, local foods. Healthy eating community has picked up Maca, Quinoa and some other local foods as the next best thing for your health. 

The popularity of Maca has been growing since late 90s across North America but during the last 10 years, Maca has become popular across Europe and even in China.

Maca is mainly of three colors: yellow, red and black. And, there is very small quantity of purple maca growing in some regions of Peru. As per Maca Expert, the production of yellow maca accounts for 60-70 percent of total production, followed by 20-25% for Red Maca and 10 percent for Black Maca.