Walnut Harvesting, Kashmiri Style!

As the Autumn season (Harud) sets in, Kashmir’s walnuts are produced for the markets in and outside Kashmir. J&K is the major walnut producing region with production of around 2.66 lakh metric tonnes.  The Kashmiri walnut industry contributes about 98 per cent of the total walnut exports from India to other countries. Mubashir Khan/GK

An elderly farmer collects the nuts in a basket after pulling off the husks.
A farmer pulls the husks off to reveal the shelled nuts. Often workers wear gloves to prevent stains in their hands.
A farmer pulls the husks off to reveal the shelled nuts
A farmer washes the nuts in a stream
A farmer places the nuts in a field for drying. The nuts would later be packed in bags and sold off in markets in and outside Kashmir.