Kaji Nemu Gets Awarded Status Of Assam’s ‘State Fruit’

The Assam government on Tuesday declared kaji nemu as the ‘state fruit’. Also known as citrus limon, this local fruit has an elongated shape and distinct aroma. It is an integral part of Assamese cuisine and due to its recognition by the state, the value of the fruit will potentially increase in the global market.

The news was shared by the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma on his official X handle (formerly Twitter). He wrote, “Our Government has decided to declare Kaji Nemu (Citrus Limon) as the State Fruit of Assam. With its unique aroma and antioxidant properties, Assam lemon has enriched our local cuisines. With today's announcement, it is set to shine on the global fruit map, boosting self-dependency and production.”  

Agriculture Minster Atul Bora while addressing the Assam Assembly announced the state government’s resolution of giving kaji nemu the designation of state fruit. As per a PTI report Bora said that yesterday, the Assam Cabinet has approved kaji nemu as the state fruit and this is a laudable decision by the government.  

He further added that the fruit's commercial cultivation has begun and there are 15.9 hectares of land under plantation. The production will be around 1.58 metric tonnes and in the last two years, kaji nemu has been exported to the Middle East and many other countries.

This recognition will contribute to promoting its value in the market and boost local agriculture. Kaji nemu has already received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2019 and Dibrugarh, a city in Assam is the highest producer of the fruit. This variety of lemon has thin and smooth skin that is usually light green in colour. Kaji nemu is renowned for its nutritional value and protentional health benefits.

Speaking about its culinary uses, this state fruit is mostly enjoyed raw as an accompaniment to the meal. Apart from this, the locals also transform kaji nemu into chutneys and pickles. The unique flavour profile of this citrus fruit makes it a great ingredient for marinades, meat dishes and even cocktails.