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Jun 20, 2007 at 11:28am IST

Kashmir orange baffles scientists

Srinagar: An orange tree in the Kashmir Valley has got some scientists excited.

Oranges normally grow in high temperatures and the season ends by the onset of summer. But when oranges start growing in Kashmir, bizarre is the only word that comes to mind.

Till Sunday, Abdul Rashid Badyari was an owner of just a small hotel on the banks of Dal Lake. Now, already, his name has spread far and wide in the Kashmir Valley.

That's because Badyari is the proud owner of the only Orange tree in the Kashmir Valley.

"Yeh main aaj se baara saal pehlay lagaya tha, jab abda hogaya to main ne garden lagaya mujhay yeh pata nahi tha ki yeh santaray ka ped hai. Iss saal to allah ke fazl se 100 se zyada santaray niklay. (When I was trimming the tree I saw an orange for the first time. This year by God's grace the tree has more then 100 oranges)," said Badyari.

Oranges normally grow in the plains. In fact, the best ones come from Nagpur, which is one of the hottest places in India. Badyaris oranges, on the other hand, have seen freezing winters.

Scientists at the Sheri Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology are baffled by this phenomenon and are planning a full fledged study

"Yes, of course it's a new thing in Kashmir valley but in certain pockets we do have these fruits. But in the valley, where we have temperate climate, it's a new thing. We will look into the matter and see what is the case," said Chief Pomology Scientist of Univ of Agri Sciences Prof M S Wani.

The orange, which is bigger than the normal varieties but slightly bitter in taste, is making name in the Valley as Badyari orange. It's been a season of surprises in the Valley no doubt.

After warm winters and heavy snowfall in spring, it’s now Oranges in Kashmir, which resulted in raised eyebrows.