Globalization has brought many opportunities and changes in developing country like India. Some of the major changes along with the globalization are the changes in the living standards and living style among Indian people. The most visible change which we can notice is the change is the food habits among the new generations.
With the introduction of new food chains like McDonald's, Mainland china, California Pizza, Pizza Hut etc, the people in India are now developing new test buds to accept new food items. Preparation of these food items need many exotic vegetables like Baby corn, Red cabbage, Broccoli, Colored bell pepper, lettuce, mushroom, Asparagus ,Olives etc some of which are imported from other countries. Due to huge supply chain, more demand and less supply these vegetables comes very costly in the Indian market.
Now the question lies, Can these vegetables grow in India? Some parts in India have a great potential to cultivate these exotic vegetables. Baby corn cultivation has gained popularity as valued vegetable in Delhi, U.P, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, A.P and Meghalaya.
Cost of production in high technology Green house will lead to again high cost of cultivation, low cost polyhouse can be a suitable alternative of it. These vegetables are highly susceptible to diseases and pest hence they needs immense care while cultivation.
One of the critical challenge among the exotic vegetable cultivator will be the postharvest handling since these crops are climacteric in nature and are highly sensitive to change in temperature they need proper cold storage chain till point of sales to the end consumer. Establishing post harvest units and canning these vegetables before transportation to far places may be the solution.