Ghangaru berries, the Nepali Firethorn

Ghangaru (घँगारु) the Nepali Firethorn

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Ghangaru berries are a familiar sight in the Nepali hills. The ugly, unfriendly and thorny bush transforms itself into something incredibly attractive and appealing as its berries ripe. I love eating them. Popular Ghangaruko lauros (the Ghangaru sticks) are made out of its sturdy twigs. I could be wrong but it looks to me that, like Lapsi, Ghangaru is one of those plants that is found primarily in the Himalayan region (and the Nepali hills). Of the many species of firethorn, the one found in Nepal is called the Nepali Firethorn.

नेपाली विकिपिडियाबाट: घँगारु पहाडमा पाईने एक जंगली फल हो। नेपालका अधिकांश प्रहरीहरूले यसैको लौरो प्रयोग गरेको देखिन्छ। पश्चिम नेपालतिर “आरु र घँगारु कालको भाई, साउनको पाप्रो रैबार लगाई” भन्ने उखान नै रहेको छ।

Ghangaru berries, the Nepali Firethorn
Ghangaru berries

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