The prospect of seeing a Walnut Tree In Mussoorie was extremely exciting. Have seen carved Walnut furniture from Kashmir but do not ever recall having seen a Walnut Tree in Srinagar.
The JW Marriott Walnut Grove Resort & Spa, Mussoorie gave me the chance to go on a fascinating trip called THE WALNUT TRAIL.
The Walnut Trail was straight from my heart and I could wish for no better, it was a dream come true experience. It was a tryst with Nature. ( trust you have read the posts titled THE MUSHROOM TRAIL, THE SECRET TRAP and THE CORN VILLAGE )
From the lifetime first experience of seeing a walnut tree , to climbing it, picking walnuts and even planting a sapling we did it all.
The Himalayas form the background to this Majestic tree in the gardens of The JW Marriott.
The Walnut ( English), Akhrot ( Hindi) , Juglans regia ( scientific name) is a popular dry fruit and is packed with a pandora of nutrients.
What is probably not as well known is that each part of the tree has a medical use.
The following illustration I located on the internet gives a beautiful introduction to the leaves, flowers and fruit.
Would you not like similar paintings in your rooms in the Hotel ?
Freshly picked from the tree, this is how the unripe fruit looks.
The green unripe fruit has numerous medical uses and has properties to destroy worms.
When cut it has a distinctive odour and stains the hands as well due to the release of natural phenols ( napthaquinones) .
The Walnut tree is supposed to be a rich source of numerous naturally occurring organic volatile compounds.
The pulp is used as a yellow dye for textiles..
The Walnut tree has its origins in Persia ( or modern Iran) but today is cultivated across the world.
They say the Walnut tree has a very long life of upto 300 years. I will surely check on the fate of the saplings we planted in the years to come.
While planting a Walnut sapling in the grounds of the Hotel we were given a round yellow metallic disc ( see picture below) on which we could write our names.
This was a wonderful ecofriendly idea by the team at JW Marriott. Hope it will be emulated by Hotels across the country, nay across the World.
There is an ancient saying in Sanskrit, which says that planting a tree is equivalent to having Ten sons.
The trees had shed most of their leaves by the end of September and those that remained had turned Brown .
The leaves have multiple uses and are used to cure skin diseases like eczema and herpes.
As Iodine is naturally found in the leaves , it finds an application as a natural gargle for the throat.
The Walnut tree is a handsome upright tree growing to a height of 60 feet ( 20m) . The timber is used to make furniture.
Can you spot any walnuts on the tree?
I am still perplexed why I failed to notice these marvelous trees in Mussoorie when I was a school going kid .
The now recognizable and familiar looking walnuts (alongwith nut crackers) were thoughtfully placed in lovely buckets in the rooms .
Walnuts were in former times also called Jupiter’s Nuts. Jupiter being the male Greek God.
Nuts of the Gods.
Every part of the tree including the bark is used by Man . Even the shells of the Kernels are used to extract oil. The roots release chemicals to ward off pests too.
Due to the plethora of volatile compounds ( over 45) inhabiting the tree insects do not attack it.
Can you spot the gentleman on the tree picking the Walnuts?
Walnuts are supposed to be a cure for Alzheimer’s as well.
A cloud crowns the Miraculous Walnut tree. It is indeed a gift by THE GODS.
None of my posts are sponsored by anyone and are simply a honest sharing of my experiences.
Keep reading THE WALNUT TRAIL is still not over.