As the cold wave continues to tighten its grip across most parts of northern India, including Jammu and Kashmir, the demand for dry fruit, including almonds, groundnuts and cashewnuts, has increased, with residents thronging local markets to buy them to keep themselves warm.
Residents were seen buying several varieties of dry fruit here over the weekend.
They said dry fruit, which contained concentrated fruit sugars, rejuvenated them as they were a good source of energy.
"There is a great demand for dry fruit at present, especially from Europe. In Kashmir, the demand is rising as dry fruit serves as a good diet during winter. Dry fruit has a lot of advantages. Walnuts are recommended for curing heart ailments, and if children are given almonds with milk, it protects them from cold and helps them keep warm. Dry fruit also keeps the elderly fit," said Muhammad Shafi, a shopkeeper.
According to experts, dry fruit keeps the body temperature stable and helps the heart to function properly.
Almonds and cashews are used to make a special tea 'kehwa', famous as one of Kashmir's delights. People usually drink it early in the morning as it helps them to fight cold and protects them from respiratory diseases.