Strawberries in Mahabaleshwar

mahabaleshwar strawberries


The fruit and vegetables available in Mumbai are generally fine, but after I had a particularly bizarre reaction (involving fever) to some strawberries I was wary of buying them again in the city. My parents and I drove to the hill station village of Mahabaleshwar (about 300km south east of Mumbai) in early May for the weekend. Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj. My great-great-grandparents were married there in 1867.

Mahabaleshwar is very pleasant, although super touristy. I think it would be nice in the winter when it’s a little emptier – although not so enjoyable during the monsoon when it’s apparently spectacular but sodden. These strawberries, at Rs 80 per kilo, were delicious – so much so I bought 5 kilos!

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