Lehdo (Khaltse) and Udmaroo (Nubra) of Leh district
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai
Apricot and apples are the main fruit trees of Ladakh and are widely grown in the warmer and lower reaches of Ladakh, particularly in Sham, Nubra and Kargil. Traditionally, the apricots are sundried on the roof of houses or on large stones and sold in markets in Leh and Kargil.
Apricots and apples that grow in Ladakh are highly perishable within the short summer season. Therefore, the fresh fruits need to be transported to the markets soon after the harvesting in July and August. However, due to limited market and demand, many of the fruits products go to waste.
Apricot processing in the form of jam, juice, oil and dried-apricots will allow the farmers to preserve the apricot from rotting and to add value to the product. These can be sold for better prices in the markets to both locals and tourists.
Seabuckthorn is a deciduous shrub that grows in the wild, mainly along the Indus and Shayok Rivers in Ladakh The seabuckthorn berry is rich in Vitamin C and it can be processed into juice and jam.