Trivia / Uttarakhand

_________ is a sweet wild fruit that grows on a thorny bush and is also known the Golden Himalayan Raspberry.

  1. Hisalu
  2. Kaafal
  3. Dadim

Hisalu

Hisalu is a sweet wild fruit that grows on a thorny bush in many parts of Uttarakhand. It is also known as the Golden Himalayan Raspberry. The plant is scientifically known as Rubus ellipticus and is listed as one of the World’s 100 worst invasive species by the IUCN. The fruit is very delicate and kind-of melts in your mouth. The fruit has to be consumed within 1-2 hours after plucking it from the bush, else it perishes.

The fruit is has amazing throat healing properties. Apart from being used for treating cold and sore throat, the bark of Hisalu is also used for its medicinal properties. One can carefully pluck it from the midst of the thorns and eat it during a trek for a quick burst of energy.