- More information about Apple production in India
Apple trees are cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree, and is the most widely grown species in the genus Malus. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples, resulting in a range of desired characteristics. Different cultivars are bred for various tastes and uses, including cooking, eating raw and cider production.
Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. Globally, India ranks 5th in apple production. Apples are mainly grown in the North Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) & Himachal Pradesh (H.P). Due to introduction and adaptation of low chilling cultivars of crops like peach, plum and pear, they are also now being grown commercially in certain areas of the north Indian plains. About 99 percent of India’s apple area falls under the Northern Hills region, covering 6 districts of J&K (Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama, Anantanag, Baramullah, Kupwara), 6 districts of H.P. (Shimla, Kullu, Sirmour, Mandi, Chamba, Kinnaur)