Walnut Harvesting in Kashmir

As the season of harvesting the Kashmir walnuts arrives, the growers start plucking the crop, but it is not as easy as it looks.

Srinagar, J&K —

The walnut is known as Doon in Kashmir valley and Akhrote (اخروٹ) in other parts of the country. It is found in northern parts of India in the temperate zone and is believed to have originated in the region from Persia to Kashmir.

Kashmiri walnuts, widely known for their superior taste and quality, are being demanded worldwide. The plantation of walnut is done by seedling and with a very little effort bestows plentiful nuts. The advantage of the nut of walnut is that it has a long shelf life.

As the season of harvesting the Kashmir walnuts has arrived, the growers have started plucking the crop, but it is not as easy as it looks, it is quite a tough job as the one who plucks the walnuts has to reach on the top of the tree. The process involves the beating of the fruit-bearing branch by a long stick.

The drying process is being done after washing out by the water, mostly the growers prefer to wash in a flowing stream or river. Then comes the drying process, which is being done in the open field under the sky for almost a week.

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Aasif Ganaie

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