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Kafal: There are several advantages to this fruit from Uttarakhand.

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Kafal: There are several advantages to this fruit from Uttarakhand.

Summer might be the season of mangoes for the rest of India, but for the pahadis, summers are synonymous with Kafals. The small berries turn dark red in colour when they ripe and have a sweet, tangy and juicy flavour to them. The hilly regions, especially Nainital, Almora and Ranikhet have the perfect climatic conditions that Kafal requires to grow. Mangoes can never grow in low temperature, whereas Kafals cannot survive in high temperature, making it very difficult to find both the fruits at the same place, at the same time. Thus, Kafal is the ultimate summer fruit for pahadis. Kafal being a wild fruit can be seen in the dense forest regions of every famous hill station in Uttarakhand. The fruit isn’t cultivated by anyone yet sold by many. The weekly market is flooded with the red Kafals and even the pahadi kids sell these to tourists on road. The shelf life of this wild fruit is just two days and yet people buy it in large quantities and take it home as souvenirs of their trip. Kafal, with its large market is sold for almost Rs.100-120 per kg and is like a boon to the ones who fail to make much money for the rest of the year Kafal is believed to have a number of medicinal properties making it popular among the tourists. The people of Uttarakhand have been using this wild fruit to make Ayurvedic medicines since forever. The anti-asthmatic properties of Kafal makes it good for people suffering from asthma. Due to the high antioxidant content of this fruit, Kafals are the natural cure to a huge number of ailments like ulcers, diarrhoea, anaemia, sore throat, fever etc. Even the bark of the tree has been proven to be useful! The barks can be a good anti-allergic as it is used to cure several allergies. Apart from being a good anti-allergic, the Kafal tree bark can provide relief from toothache by just putting it in between the teeth and chewing it for two-three minutes. Gargling with a concoction of Kafal can even cure throat infection and goitre.

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