Himalayan Herb

I had written earlier about Himalayan women climbing cliffs and mountains in high altitude areas without any special equipment or training. Apparently, they do so in search of herbs which can be added to food to add a flavour that is out of this world. They call this herb ‘pharan’. It is dried and coarsely ground before use. It is found exclusively in high altitude areas and is considered an exotic spice/ herb, which is sold at astronomical prices. The picture below shows the process of drying the herb in the sun on a rooftop in Mana Village, India.

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The stone ‘grinder’ is placed in the open in the village, accessible to all for grinding the ‘pharan’ before use.

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