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Kotgarh, at 7500 feet is the apple basket of India situated 80 kilometres from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. It is the home of the Red Delicious and the Golden Delicious apple varieties. A century ago, Satyananda Stokes, a young man from Philadelphia gave India its first apple orchards by introducing the Red and the Golden Delicious apples to farmers in the Shimla Hills in the western Himalayas. SInce then, the Kotgarh region is one of the most productive fruit growing belts in India. Farmers now grow various varieties of Cherry, Apricot, Plum and Apples.
Kotgarh Fruit Bageecha's Jams and Preserves unit is rooted in the heritage fruit orchards in the Kotgarh region, sourcing fruits from these very orchards to bring you exotic jams and preserves straight from the Himalayas.
Kartik and Anuradha, the directors of Kotgarh Fruit Bageecha Pvt. Ltd. are a married couple who were media professionals based in Singapore from 2001-2012. They relocated to Thanedhar, Himachal Pradesh to set up their dream project, a boutique fruit processing unit. Their passion has always been food, and after moving to Kotgarh they craft unique recipes with various fruits of the region. They pursue their dream project with participation, support and help of the farmers. The fantastic view of the greater Himalayas and the Sutlej, the abundance of high quality fruits and a great team make it a pleasure to create delicious products for their consumers.
"Just a few years ago, entrepreneurs Kartik and Anuradha Budhraja, who quit their media jobs to start ‘Fruit Bageecha' here in collaboration with the Mahila Mandal, popularised the Ross Pippins with their 'Green Apple and Ginger Chutney’ that is retailed to luxury hotels. " - DNA India
"Throwing up more than a decade old career in the media, professionals Kartik and Anuradha moved out of Singapore in 2012 to set up this village level enterprise at Pamlai village, in the apple growing heartland of Kotgarh, near Thanedhar. " - Hillpost.in