DOON

Iqra Qayoom/Takhleeq Times

SRINAGAR : Other than patrimonial places, shrines, music, and friendliness Kashmir is also considered as the best place for cuisine and cultivation. Beside paddy, millet, pulses, wheat, barley, saffron, etc walnut harvesting is also know as the major tail of many Kashmiris. In the main history it Is shown that walnuts came from persia that is somewhere shown in Black and white photo of walnut orchard that is Walnuts originated in Persia now our kashmiri doon is famous all over the world for its flavoursome taste

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Walnuts have high nutritional value The possible health benefits of walnuts may include boosting the cardiovascular system and bone health, reducing the risk of gallbladder disease, and treating epilepsy Walnuts are rich in antioxidants and healthy fats. They may reduce heart disease and cancer risk, as well as improve brain function and possibly slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

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The Kashmir is blessed with the divine climatic conditions, that induce heavenly luxury and benefits to every produce that grow in the region

Walnut Juglans regain, khod the different names for walnut indifferent parts of the India. but in colloquial language it is known as Doon Walnuts are harvested in the autumn (HARUD) From September to November there are the verities of walnut that are grown in the valley, these are Wonth, Kagazi, burzul.the wonth is hard to crack, it has a large outer shell and small kernel. It is preferred only to extract oil meanwhile other varieties are sold for medicinal and consuming purposes. Besides fruits Walnut wood is regarded as the most valuable amongst woods of the temperate zone and suitable for a large number of products and uses such as veneers, furniture and interior joinery constructions, music instruments, carving, sport items, gun stocks and fore-ends

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90% of the country’s walnut production comes from Kashmir, in Kashmir it is mainly grown in Kupwara, shopain, Baramulla, Budgam, Srinagar, mainly in hilly areas During the harvesting season the harvester pick up the walnuts the outer green husk is removed by hands or with the sharp objects and then the walnut is washed and dried this protects the nuts from getting decayed

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Going back centuries there was a huge demand in walnut production, but nowadays people had quitted this toil, just because they hardly get any profit from this. If we started from 2014 flood when the valley saw major decline in the dry fruit industry, which also included walnut industry. The major distributors and businessman, demanded alternative from outside India. As Jammu and Kashmir is the only major exporter of walnut in India. There are a number of processing units of walnut shot due to that calamity

While Talking to a local walnut harvester claims that the demand of kashmiri doon is decreasing day by day due to different circumstances

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Once, Kashmir used to be the largest exporter of walnuts in India, but with time, the production depleted – the markets across India are now flooded with walnuts from California, Chile, Holland and Turkey. This has been a major cause of concern among local growers, dealers and exporters It also got effected by covid pandemic that people were afraid of going outside for buying these beneficial fruits. The other problem is about plantation farmers still plants the older breed of walnut trees that is very far from new once. We should support these harvesters by buying these fruits and by starting different initiatives that will lead our DOON not to extinct in future.

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