National Geographic : 1953 Oct
© National Geographic Society 514 Preserved Fruit Spices Simple Fare the Year Round The people of Hunza have little to learn about food preservation. As tasty as freshly picked fruit were these 8-month old pears (background) hanging in the Mir's private storehouse. Here the Hunza ruler's storekeeper selects the best froma plate of walnuts; beside him are piled dried apricots. Housewives rub these briskly in a bowl of water (lower right) until some of their original plumpness has been restored, then serve the soupy residue along with the fruit. Hunzukuts have also learned to dry vegetables for winter use. The girl at upper right pounds wild mint, a favorite seasoning.