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Bihar farmer cultivates world's costliest vegetable

Hop Shoots, flowers of Humulus Lupulus plants, command price of Rs 1 lakh per kg

Bihar farmer cultivates world’s costliest vegetable
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Bihar farmer cultivates world’s costliest vegetable 

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Hyderabad: Amresh Singh, a farmer from Bihar has cultivated the world's costliest vegetable 'Hop Shoots', which would cost Rs 1 lakh per kilogram in the market. This vegetable is mainly grows in US, Europe, and for first time it has been cultivated in India.

The news became viral after Supriya Sahu, IAS, shared in her twitter. She said cultivation of this vegetable can be a game changer for Indian farmers. 'Hop Shoots' are flowers from Humulus Lupulus plants, which is a member of Cannabaceae family of flowering plants. The vegetable is used as a stability agent in beer making. The anti-bodies in the vegetable are also useful in the treatment of Tuberculosis and used for skin care. Acid derived from hop shoots have potential to kill cancer cells and block leukaemia.

The harvesting process of hop shoots is difficult, this makes them expensive in the market. They grow in very tiny size and not in a regular row, which takes more time to pluck the vegetables to fill one bag.

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