Cold tolerant landrace varieties from the Village of Pulga .
colors and aromas are vibrant and range from reddish to deep black . fruity and minty to heavy pungent aromas
PULGA VILLAGE | Altitude : 2895 m
31.999229° N 77.44191° E
Accessible only by foot the Village is a few hours hike from the town of Barshiani located in Kullu district Himachal pradesh . Home of the Narayan Rishi sacred cove which protects dense Deodar forest almost entirely covered in snow during the winter months of November – March .
Landraces collected from this region express wide variety of colors and structures . Some Microscopic images are included for the science heads to ponder about the expressions in 60X magnification
Incredibly tolerant to cold and moisture these cultivars have documented to grow for upto a month and more covered in snow and icicles .
Stories told by the eldest members of the village boasts of a time when the first foreign travellers arrived to discover the flavors of the village 5-6 generations back. Farmers have struggled to meet the demand from the insurge of tourists through experimenting with the newly acquired knowledge to process the flowers in different methods and selecting the plants in improved ways .
Years of selection and breeding by the natives have led to one of the most colourful and vibrant lineages found in Parvati valley .