Bhang

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Nov 13 2016

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Category: Asia, India

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Yes, it grows in the wild in the Kumaon hills. I’m talking about the Cannabis sativa, the Indian hemp plant. The seeds get blown in the wind or are taken and dropped by birds and so, all of a sudden, you can have some hemp plants growing in your garden.

Bhang, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India 2013

Bhang, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India 2013

Local farmers may – unofficially – give wind and birds a helping hand and grow the plants in their field. The leaves are rubbed into small balls which can be consumed in different ways as we know. The seeds are not hallucinogenic and make a delicious bhang chutney, a culinary speciality of the hills. I love it.

Photo of the week: Bhang, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India 2013

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