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"Grow Your Own Greens" - Luxury Hotels

"We can't afford to import them anymore," said Andrew Harrisson, general manager at Four Seasons




 The upcoming ITC Grand Bharat Golf & Spa Resort in Manesar near Gurgaon will have an 11-acre farm where it will grow vegetables and herbs, and train the hotel's chefs on the flavours of India. Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai has acquired use of a farmland near Mumbai, where it grows vegetables such as heirloom tomatoes.

 Bangalore-based First Agro, which started producing exotic greens in 2011, works with hotels such as Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott, Hyatt, Oberoi and Taj. Gauging the demand for fresh produce in hotel chains, last year the company floated a separate business unit, known as Chef Garden, which targets large hotel chains. Local sourcing also means controlling wastage.

The Pondichery Cafe at the Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai's Bandra Kurla business district has a small kitchen garden next to the all-day dining restaurant growing cherry tomatoes, Italian basil, oregano, eggplant and several varieties of edible flowers such as lavender and chrysanthemum.