Khursang (Prunus jacquemontii Hook. f), a potential wild edible minor fruit collected from Niti valley, Chamoli, Uttarakhand.

Date Posted: 21-10-2020

A potential wild edible fruit, locally known as Khursang consumed by Bhotia tribes was collected during exploration trips to Niti valley, Uttarakhand during September 2018 and 2019 by an exploration team that included Mr Badal Singh, Ph.D. Scholar, Division of PGR, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi; Dr KM Rai, Scientist, ICAR-NBPGR RS-Bhowali and Dr Arun Kishor, Scientist, ICAR-CITH RS-Mukteshwar. The plant was found to be a wild relative of plum (Prunus domestica L.). The collected genotypes bore robust (100 fruit weight 74g) sweeter (TSS °B 22) fruits in with higher edible portion (86%) and greater oil recovery (47%). Two accessions, IC0633994 and IC0633995 of Khursang are now conserved in the Cryo Genebank at NBPGR, New Delhi.

(Source Dr. Badal Singh, ICAR-NBPGR, RS Shimla