GILGIT, APP: Gilgit-Baltistan is one of the most beautiful regions of Pakistan. Nature has gifted this region with immense beautyÂ and blessings, including the highest peaks, lakes, and largest glaciers, rivers and variety of fruits.
One of the most precious gifts by Allah is the blessing of apricot,Â the major one among the variety of fruits in Gilgit Baltistan. The regionÂ is the largest apricot producing region in Pakistan. Apricots is the most common fruit grown with an average of 15 trees per household and it is estimated there are a total of 2,971,935 apricot trees in GB.
In Gilgit Baltistan, apricots along with other deciduous fruits are primarily produced as cash crops where majority of families grow apricot. The practice of planting seeds from the best trees over an extended period of time has resulted in an incredible amount of variation. Fruits have mainly been produced to meet annual family needs for dry fruit particularly during severe winter. Among all respondents 76% ranked apricot as their most preferred fruit tree. Because apricot would meet most of their subsistence needs. Dried apricot and kernels are main dry fruits for winter. Most fuel wood is obtained from apricot trees. Oil from kernels is obtained for various domestic uses. Cracked kernel shells are also used as fuel.
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