Kai Chutney from Odisha is one of the latest food items to receive the Geographical Indications (GI) tag in India. As GI-tagged foods appear in news headlines and on supermarket shelves, Ranjana Sundaresan gets to the bottom of it: what gets the GI-tag, how easy is to get one, and what even is the point?
It’s in the peak of winter that the sap of the date palm trees is sweetest. Sharing their own memories of eating nolen gur in winter, the co-founders of Earth Story Farms talk to Throvnica Chandrasekar about making date palm jaggery, and its skilled makers.
Certain food memories linger in a community’s collective consciousness long after the food itself may have disappeared from people’s plates and farmers’ fields. Sohel Sarkar writes on the farming songs and rituals that have sustained millets in different parts of India.
Usha Rayalu, who co-founded The Manduva Project with Neha Alluri, says the central courtyard for which the brand is named was where women in their family could be themselves.
The founding team of Tenacious Bee Collective, working in Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir, talk of their quest for raw Himalayan honey and where it has taken them.
Forested groves in central Kerala’s Edamalayar valley have showered the Muthuvar people with bamboo rice for the first time in six decades. In a labour of love, women of the community have gathered, cleaned, and dehusked the seeds to bring them to our plates.
By rejecting the use of chemicals and improving soil health, permaculture can produce food that is healthier and, in some cases, even yield greater harvests. But can it feed India’s 1.4 billion population, asks Sohel Sarkar.
Founder-CEO Rewaj Chettri talks about challenges common to producers from the Northeast, and taking the plurality of cultures of the region to the rest of India through food.
Founder of Jokai Fearless Tea, Aditya Shah, tells The Locavore how over the last century and a half, the company has seen wars, famines, floods, and droughts, and still survived and thrived.
Last Forest supports traditional livelihoods like honey hunting and millet farming among the indigenous peoples of the Nilgiris, home to one of the last shola forests in the region.