No more free coriander leaves in shop as price hiked
By Express News Service | Published: 19th June 2017 06:21 AM |
CHENNAI: It used to be just a freebie shopkeepers merrily handed over after your vegetable purchase. But the summer and water shortage have made curry leaves and coriander leaves more expensive than onions. And these days, shopkeepers sell coriander leaves anywhere between `20 - 30 a small bunch.
Merchants say the unusual price hike is due to the cut in supplies of mint, curry leaves and coriander leaves from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. In the last two weeks, prices saw a slight dip, but still most shops charge at least `20 for a small bunch of the leaves.
“Now, it costs as much as other vegetables,” laments D Radha, one of those homemakers who still finds it hard that they must pay to get coriander leaves.
Coriander and curry leaves are used in many south Indian dishes for garnishing and tempering, due to their unique taste and flavour.
“For cultivation of coriander, a pleasant climate and a large quantity of water are required. Many vegetables cannot be cultivated here because of heat and lack of water,” says G Rajesh, a city-based vendor.
Shortage of rain and poor cultivation in the State is why vendors buy it from neighbouring States. Cost of production and transportation has added to the price rise.