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Places in India Where Walnut Trees Grow Well

By Ma Wen Jie ; Updated September 21, 2017
The northern states in India are suitable for walnut cultivation.

India is a very large country with a wide range of growing zones. Although most people think of India as being tropical and sub-tropical, the northern parts of India are well suited for growing walnuts. Indian walnuts are grown for personal consumption, domestic commercial purposes, and for export.

Jammu and Kashmir

The northernmost state in India, Jammu and Kashmir, is the main center for commercial walnut production in India. Most walnuts produced for export by India are produced in this state. According to the United Nations Development Programme Special Unit for South-South Cooperation (UNDP SU/SSC) 63,000 hectares of Jammu and Kashmir are under walnut cultivation. These plantings produce around 60,000 tonnes of walnuts worth an estimated 25 million Rupees.

Uttar Pradesh

Although not as commonly grown for commercial purposes, walnuts grow well in Uttar Pradesh. Walnuts grown in this state are generally of more variable quality than those grown further north. Uttar Pradesh is a state better known for its apple cultivation, and many walnuts are planted as seedlings in for personal consumption and local commercial sale. Walnuts grown in this state, and in Jammu and Kashmir, are Persian walnuts.

Himachal Pradesh

Walnuts, also Persian walnuts, are also grown in a couple districts of Himachal Pradesh. Around 50 hectares are under walnut cultivation in the Mandi district. Just over 55 hectares are also under cultivation in the Chamba district of Mimachal Pradesh. The Shimla district also reports 33 hectares under private cultivation and another 28 hectares under cultivation in the Mandi district. A walnut cultivation development station has been established at Nohra, District Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh to help develop and adapt technologies to promote walnut cultivation.

 

About the Author

 

Although he grew up in Latin America, Mr. Ma is a writer based in Denver. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, AP, Boeing, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, RAHCO International, Umax Data Systems and other manufacturers in Taiwan. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, English and reads Spanish.