In Pictures: Water Chestnut Extraction Underway in Kashmir's Wular Lake

The nuts, which are extracted from mid-July till November, grow in abundance in the marshy or muddy areas along the banks of the Wular-one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia.
In Pictures: Water Chestnut Extraction Underway in Kashmir's Wular Lake
Extraction of chestnuts locally known as "gaer" in Kashmir, has begun in Wular lake in north Kashmir's Bandipora.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
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The nuts, which are extracted from mid-July till November, grow in abundance in the marshy or muddy areas along the banks of the Wular-one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia.
The nuts, which are extracted from mid-July till November, grow in abundance in the marshy or muddy areas along the banks of the Wular-one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
The chestnut trade constitutes the major source of income for most families in villages located along the lake including Lankrishipora, Kunzpora, Kulhama, Garoora, Saderkoot, Banyari, Bakhchibal, Laharwalpora, Kanibathi, Kehnusa, Ashtangu, Kema and Zurimanz.
The chestnut trade constitutes the major source of income for most families in villages located along the lake including Lankrishipora, Kunzpora, Kulhama, Garoora, Saderkoot, Banyari, Bakhchibal, Laharwalpora, Kanibathi, Kehnusa, Ashtangu, Kema and Zurimanz. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
The edible part of the water chestnut is the swollen underwater stem scientifically known as corm.
The edible part of the water chestnut is the swollen underwater stem scientifically known as corm. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
Water chestnut kernals are a rich source of protein, starch, minerals and Vitamin B.
Water chestnut kernals are a rich source of protein, starch, minerals and Vitamin B. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
A kilogram of chestnuts costs up to Rs 50 during peak season.
A kilogram of chestnuts costs up to Rs 50 during peak season. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
A good proportion of the produce is dried to make chestnut flour which sells at a relatively higher cost.
A good proportion of the produce is dried to make chestnut flour which sells at a relatively higher cost. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
A man extracts water chestnuts from Wular lake in northern Bandipora district.
A man extracts water chestnuts from Wular lake in northern Bandipora district.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
The nuts, which are extracted from mid-July till November, grow in abundance in the marshy or muddy areas along the banks of the Wular-one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia.
The nuts, which are extracted from mid-July till November, grow in abundance in the marshy or muddy areas along the banks of the Wular-one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
Women sell off the produce to local traders in Wular lake.
Women sell off the produce to local traders in Wular lake.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
Water chestnuts are sold off to local traders after being extracted from Wular lake in northern Bandipora district.
Water chestnuts are sold off to local traders after being extracted from Wular lake in northern Bandipora district.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
A man picks up a handful of water chestnuts from his boat in Wular lake.
A man picks up a handful of water chestnuts from his boat in Wular lake.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

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