Go Organic

On visits abroad one tends to pick up organic food, as certified organic products are easily available in the supermarkets. Thankfully it is beginning to happen inIndia too, albeit slowly. Only a few shelves in supermarkets are devoted to organic products. Organic food needs certification and sadly that is a slow and expensive process in India and perhaps that’s why farmers are treading a bit cautiously and some are still reluctant.

 But the good news is several stores acrossIndiaand in Mumbai are now offering organic food. Navdanya in Andheri West is popular, Sattvic in Kandivli and ofcourse Fab India, but the range is limited.

Was really glad yesterday when OrganicHaus,India’s first premium all-organic products brand,opened its first store in Mumbai at Kemps Corner. The company, founded by Dilip R. Doshi, former Indian cricketer, retails a wide range of EU certified organic products from vegetarian packaged foods, natural cosmetics to home detergents and food supplements that provide vital nutrition.  18 different brands and 80 different product lines are on offer under one roof including breakfast items, cereals, pizza and pasta sauces, breads, oils, teas, chocolates, and juices and a lot more.

I was mesmerized by the vast array of products, as I walked into the store. Personally speaking, I am a great fan of organic stuff as processed food, food with artificial colours and flavours does not work for me. Also, blessed with a sensitive skin, I often develop rashes and allergies.

Reputed brands like Allos, Beutelsbacher, Bionade, Byodo, Rapunzel, Salus, Schnitzer, Schoenenberger, Sonnentor, Sonett, and Vivani brands, as well as natural cosmetics from Logona und Sante adorn the shelves in this store.

The aubergine pate was delicious and a huge compliment to them as I do not eat anything made of aubergines normally. The breakfast bars in unusual flavours were exciting too as were the beetroot and vegetable juice. Sipping those made me feel so good and healthy. The dark chocolate from Vivani was creamy and left a great after taste in my mouth.

I really hope they open one in the western suburbs soon. So it can be a permanent goodbye to synthetic food, food grown using pesticides and artificial stuff. Let’s bring on healthy stuff  in India.

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