Lucknow: While the humble green ladyfinger can easily be found in every Indian household kitchen, a much rare variety of this common vegetable has caught everyone’s attention for its colour red and whooping price that you will have to pay in order to buy it.
A Bhopal based farmer, Misrilal Rajput from the Khajuri Kalan area has reportedly grown the red okra also known as ‘Kashi Lalima’ on his farm earlier this July. According to him, the red coloured ladyfinger is not only more beneficial than the green one, but also fetches more price.
“This is 5-7 times more expensive than ordinary ladyfingers. It’s being sold at Rs 75-80 to Rs 300-400 per 250 gm/500 gm in some malls,” he told the news agency.
Madhya Pradesh | Misrilal Rajput, a Bhopal-based farmer, grows red okra (ladyfinger) in his garden.
“This is 5-7 times more expensive than ordinary ladyfingers. It’s being sold at Rs 75-80 to Rs 300-400 per 250 gm/500 gm in some malls,” he says pic.twitter.com/rI9ZnDWXUm
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While many wondered why the vegetable was sold at such an exorbitant price, others wondered if at all the colour made the ladyfinger “special”.
However, going by Rajput’s claim, red okra offers certain health benefits, which are yet to be confirmed. Although, what we know about nutritional value of regular green okra is that it is a rich source of antioxidants, and vitamins A and C, and has also economical value as it costs much less than its expensive counterpart. While normal okra is available around ₹40 per kg in Delhi, the red ladyfinger commands a premium. “This ladyfinger is 5-7 times more expensive than ordinary ladyfingers. It is being sold from ₹75-80 to ₹300-400 per 250 gram/500 gram in some malls,” as per reports.
The red okra seeds, which according to the news report were sourced from an agricultural research institute in Varanasi, started growing in around 40 days and were cultivated without the use of any harmful pesticides, adding some advantage to your organic choice.
Notably, this latest variety has been developed by the scientists of Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR) located in Uttar Pradesh after almost 23 years of continuous hard work. The work for this new variety of lady finger (Bhindi) had started in 1995-96 but team of scientists at IIVR got success in 2019 and got its name ‘Kashi Lalima’ due to its red colour.
According to the media reports, scientists have said that this lady finger is full of the nutrients like anti-oxidant, iron and calcium.