Pinecs from Afghanistan
About pine nuts
Afghanistan produces some of the finest nuts, grains and dried fruits. warfair cooperates with the Afghan company Setara Dry Fruits and Nuts Processing and with Basic Nuts in Denmark about the import of Afghan pine nuts into Denmark.
Jalghoza pine tree, photo @setara
There are only a few varieties of pine trees from which pine nuts can be produced. The Jalghoza pine nuts from Afghanistan originate from the naturally growing pine trees in the Hindu Kush mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Pine nuts are the seeds of pine cones. The grains lie in a thick, dark shell to be removed manually by hand. The boils are collected by families, and gently heated until the seeds fall out.
processing pine nuts, photo @setara
The Jalghoza pine nuts from Afghanistan are rarely found in Europe. They are extra large, very flavorful and melt in the mouth with a butter and floral flavor. They are good for pesto, salads, cakes or as snacks..
Production helps to create jobs and incomes for Afghan farming families. That is urgently needed.
Afghanistan has suffered from war and conflict for up to 40 years, with hundreds of thousands killed and millions driven on the run. The fighting has had a devastating effect on Afghan society, with insecurity, widespread poverty and a lack of basic social services in large parts of the country.
Of the total population of just over 35 million people, more than a third live in extreme poverty and over six million depend on emergency aid.
Afghans are extremely resilient but urgently need trade, jobs and income.