Kafal(Myrica Nagi) is an uncultivated fruit of the Uttarakhand hills that repines in the months of May and June. It has high medicinal value and has been mentioned in ancient scriptures of Ayurveda as a pain killer, beneficial for throat, purifies of seminal fluids and more. In fact powder made from it’s bark enhances healing. Massage from this fruit oil provides relief from body ache.
Being a non commercial fruit it is available only during this time of the year and the people living in hills engage themselves often in the simple pleasure of plucking the fruit from trees and relishing it’s taste. The seeds of kafal, that they swallow, are said to be beneficial for digestion and the fruit itself is considered to be an appetite booster.
These days Kolti-dwellers often bring large quantity of ripe red Kafal fruit whenever they return to the village from work. Children pluck it from trees, that are abundant in this region, and eat it on way to school and back home. It is even a part of their cherished memories and grown ups often share how they used to bath and play in nearby streams surviving only on Kafal fruit till late in the evenings.
Kafals are ripe. Kolti is waiting. Come fellow travelers join us before the stalks of nature end for the season 🙂
We are celebrating this month as Kafal Month and exploring it’s presense in Folk songs and in pahadi culture as a whole.