I am planning to take some dry fruits like dates, figs, and almonds, and also some mix for making masala chai, which I intend to give my host and friends in the US. I have understood that there is a rather strict customs policy on bringing food items.
But it is customary where I come from (India) to give food to one's host when visiting. I feel it is impersonal to give duty free chocolates or alcohol.
What are the exact rules?