06 Jul Apple – a beloved food of Uttarakhand
Planning to visit Uttarakhand, also called as Devbhoomi, to witness the divine scenic beauty, cultural diversity, rich heritage and religious places? Great. Will add one more reason to your list making Uttarakhand a place worth visiting. And that is Apple.
Just, image the breath-taking sight of red, ripened and juicy apples. Tempting, isn’t it?
Don’t forget to relish upon the local breed of Apple named as Royal Delicious, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Early Sunberry during your visit. You know what, before independence British introduced apple cultivation in Uttrakhand. Fruit belt of Chamba-Mussorie was built in 1970, with an aim to accelerate the growth of apple in this area. As altitude and climate of Uttarakhand are entirely apt for apple cultivation. Apple cultivation in Uttarakhand is primarily done in Bageshwar, Pithoragarh, Almora, Nainital, and Champawat, in Kumaon Area, as far as Garhwal division is concerned, apples are grown in Rudraprayag, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Pauri and Dehradun.
Apples grown in Harshil (Uttarkashi) are in high demand. It was Pahari Wilson who acquainted the people of Harshil with apple cultivation and the apples here are now named after his name and called as “Wilson Apples”. Apples which are juicy, red and abundant. Don’t forget to have a bite of them, while travelling to the shrine of Gangotri. Adding up to your knowledge, not only local variety but you can also taste hybrid varieties of Apple in Uttarakhand. Horticulture department of the state has introduced the American hybrid range of apples. These apples are not just good in taste but have resistant against disease and virus. Top Red and Star King are few to be named among the hybrid variety, which is grown at 6500 ft of height. Other hybrid varieties such as Scarlet Gala, Vale Spur, Red Fuji, Organ Spur and Red Chief can be grown at the height of 5,500-6,000 ft.
Keeping in mind the demand and the suitable most temperature, scientists from Uttarakhand and Holland are working in collaboration for the cultivation of new breed. This breed will yield the fruit early, in comparison to the traditional breed. For sure we all have grown up listening to this ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’, but are we all aware of the below mentioned health benefits of Apple:
- It works as an aid for brain health
- Will keep cancer away
- Reduce the Type-2 Diabetes risk
- Also, minimize the risk of any type of heart disease or stroke
- It lowers the cholesterol level
- Helps in treating the anaemia
- Boost up the immune system
- Helps to prevent diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer
Apple also helps in losing weight, “A shout out to all the health-conscious people there”
Undoubtedly, Uttarakhand is bestowed with true natural beauty, but the taste of the apples being cultivated here is simply awesome. So, during your visit do not even think to miss out the chance of tasting these heavenly fruits. So, after discussing a lot about Apple let me tell you one more famous thing of Uttarakhand, and that is Aamari Resorts, Ramgarh which is the best resorts around Nainital. Yes, situated in the lap of nature, this luxury resorts around Nainital will give you every reason to visit them repeatedly. Ranging from comfortable stay to hygienic food and adventurous sports activity, Aamari will leave no stone unturned to make your stay less than perfect. And you can pluck the fresh apples from their in-house orchard on the premises.