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Title: Extraction of apricot kernel oil in cold desert Ladakh, India
Authors: Targais, Konchok
Stobdan, Tsering
Yadav, Ashish
Singh, Shashi Bala
Keywords: Apricot;Ladakh;Medicinal;Prunus armeniaca L;Oil
Issue Date: Apr-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int.Cl.8: A01D 20/23, A01D 09/08
Abstract: Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L., Rosaceae) is the most important fruit crop of cold desert of Ladakh. Oil extracted from the sweet kernel is used for edible purpose while that of bitter kernel has religious, cosmetic and medicinal values. The oil is popular as body oil or massage oil, is known to relieve backache and joints ache. With the advancement of technology the cumbersome traditional method of oil extraction is slowly declining. However, the oil extracted by the traditional method is still being preferred due to its distinct smell. This paper describes the ancient traditional method of apricot kernel oil extraction still being practiced in some parts of Ladakh.
Page(s): 304-306
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.10(2) [April 2011]

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