THE WALNUT TRAIL

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.

Walnut tree in JW garden
Walnut tree in JW garden

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 ?

a botanical illustration of the Walnut .
a botanical illustration of the Walnut .

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 fruit
the fruit

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.

tree planting
tree planting

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.

green walnuts strewn on the grass
green walnuts strewn on the grass

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 handsome walnut tree
the handsome walnut tree

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.

Walnuts and JW Marrriot
Walnuts and JW Marrriot

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.

The Cloud crowns the walnut tree
                               The Cloud crowns the Walnut tree

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.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

29 thoughts on “THE WALNUT TRAIL”

  1. We grow walnuts in Tasmania as well. None have reached the size of the trees in your images. I wasn’t aware of the full range of uses of the different parts of the tree. It will give me a better appreciation of the walnut next time I eat one.

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    1. I loved your comments. It makes blogging worth its well. Thank you. Do have a look at Wikipedia too. Very Informative.Walnuts in India are today extremely expensive , almost twice as expensive when compared to Almonds.

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      1. That is good to know, I’m honestly ignorant of Indian ecosystems, but curious to learn, hence I love this blog! So in an attempt to learn more, I started researching Indian squirrels…WOW…Please Mukul, find some Indian Giant Squirrels! What exotic, beautiful squirrels!

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  2. Walnuts are a great food. We have a two native species in the Juglandaceae in the US that grow wild and are commonly eaten: pecan (Carya illinoinensis) and black walnut (Juglans nigra). Pecan is also cultivated and has a sweet tasting meat. Black walnut is not so widely grown because the shells are hard and the meat difficult to get out but worth the effort because of its good flavor.

    I think you’re right about the phenols (comment up there a bit) in the green covering repelling animals. The taste is just bad (I’ve tried it to find out). But they might wait until the covering breaks down a little before going after teh nuts.

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  3. You’re right about these trees being remarkable. As I stated above I have a black walnut tree in my hard, and it’s at the heart of its own ecosystem. During this time of year squirrels go crazy for the nuts. They must come from all around the neighborhood to munch on a few and store them for the winter. Of course the squirrels attract predators, like cats and the occasional hawk. I consider myself privileged to be able to watch these interactions from the comfort of my home.

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  4. great to read about your experience. north american has two species, one in yr garden and the second is the pecan nut. nice to read about tge squirrels. do take pics and post am sure many will be interested to read.

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