The price of any vegetable in the market depends on its quantity in the market. We often sell onions at Rs 100 or Rs 150 per kg when the stock is low and the new crop fails. While its normal price is Rs 10 per kg. This is how the price of vegetables fluctuates in every country of the world. There are some vegetables which are priced higher than other vegetables for twelve months. The reason for this is that it has a low rate of 12 months. Or it has to be imported from abroad.
There is a vegetable in Europe whose price has been skyrocketing for twelve months. Ordinary people like us don’t even think about buying it. Even wealthy people need to think about buying this vegetable, because this vegetable costs 1000 Euros per kg. Remember, what vegetable would we sell there for Rs.1000? And if you calculate the price in rupees, this vegetable will cost Rs 5,000 per kg. Not so much the price of gold. So what is it about this vegetable that its value is always in the sky!
There are two reasons why prices are so high. One is that it has a lot of medicinal properties. It is a chemical which is said to make a man strong by eating it and another reason is that its production is always very low.
This vegetable is called hopshoots and the flower it has is called hopcons. The flower of this vegetable is used for making beer as well as its branches can be used for eating. This vegetable is so expensive that it can hardly be found in any market or shop. Hopshoots are full of medicinal properties which is why they are also used in medicine. It is an amulet cure for toothache. It is also used as a medicine in diseases like TB. Hopshoots have antibiotic properties. People also eat hop shoots raw. Although it tastes bitter. Its twigs are also used as a salad and can also be made into pickles which are delicious and beneficial to health.