The Joy of Christmas is definitely in the air as Carols and Christmas Trees can be heard and seen across the Globe.
Nature celebrates this lovely festival of Joy, Happiness and Giving in the far and desolate deserts of Rajasthan in the form of the Caper Berry ( English) Ker/Khair ( Hindi) or Cappari deciduas ( Scientific Name) Tree.
The flush of lovely red berries of this hardy Xmas Tree of the desert resemble decorative Christmas Balls.
Tiny leaves appear only on new shoots and this adaptation of appearing leafless ensures the survival of the Ker tree in a region where water is extremely precious.
These edible red berries are dried, pickled when green and form an inseparable part of the famous Rajasthani dish Ker Sangri.
Beautifully adapted to the arid desert environment they can survive the harshest of droughts
The Ker or Khair tree is also a Pharmacy of sorts and finds numerous medicinal uses in curing ailments like swollen joints, diabetes and asthma .
These spherical berries are also a symbol of fertility and consumed as aphrodisiacs as well. ( Nature challenges Viagra)
The beautiful dainty red Christmas like like berries are a rich Natural source of Vitamin C, Calcium and Phosporous.
It is symbolic that the Christmas tree of the Desert also bears thorns on its head. ( see the featured image) .
Wishing everyone the Joy and Happiness of Christmas.