Burmese grapes, locally known as Leteku, grown in Darrang district of Assam, has been exported to Dubai.
The consignment of Burmese grapes was exported from Assam to Dubai by air on Saturday.
The consignment was exported by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) from LGBI Airport in Guwahati to Dubai via Delhi.
“It (Burmese grapes) is found in Northeast in abundance. It has high medicinal values. We plan to promote more such fruits found in the region globally,” APEDA chairman M Angamuthu said.
Burmese grapes grows in evergreen forests on a wide range of soils. The fruit is harvested and used locally, eaten as a fruit, stewed or made into wine.
It is also used medicinally to treat skin diseases. The bark, roots and wood are harvested for medicinal uses.
The fruit is oval, coloured yellowish, pinkish to bright red or purple, 2.5–3.5 cm in diameter, glabrous, with 2–4 large purple-red seed, with white aril.
Recently, the APEDA had exported ‘red rice’ from Assam to the USA.