The Apple Story Of Himachal Pradesh


The whole information of the origin of apples in Himachal Pradesh. Apple, as a cash crop has given a platform to the people to raise themselves economically and has made the life easy. It always makes happy to look at the orchard with all its beauty and the apples making all the orchard young.

At the end of June every year, the fresh apple crop starts routing up to the market. With the advancement of the technology, this has been made possible to get the apple for the whole year from the cold store houses to the masses but the charm of a fresh apple is something un-defined. Since, I belong to the same family, I have had seen all the happiness within the farmer who produces his crop. Though, this crop comes from various parts of India, like Kashmir, Uttarakhand and from little states of the North East; Himachal has got various varieties and normally comes with a packing named as Crisp AND Crunchy.
The place called Thanedhar, some miles from Narkanda is the place where from the story of apples came into being. Britishers had found the hilly state or hills queen around 1843 and they at once built a church at Kotgarh. Around 1900s a person named Samuel Satyananda Stokes came to this place and loved it for its eternal beauty. He not only loved the people of this place but also married a girl of the local area. He further fought against britishers in order to make india free from their rule. He was jailed for improving the economy of the people by apples, schools and temples. He was influenced from the Hinduism and finally changed his name to Satyanand Stokes. Param Jyoti Mandir, a famous temple in Thanedhar which depicts the entire story through architecture of the ancient India. He also started a school where the students from the area went to get a high class education. At his death, his family continued to be socially and politically active and his youngest daughter named Satyawati who married to the Dr Y S Parmar the first Hon'ble Chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. The other family member Vidya Stokes is actively participating in political issues of the state.

Although, apples were grown before Stokes. The taste was sour sine the varieties were mainly Pippins and they were not much popular. Stokes went to America and found a hybrid named "Red Delicious" and he at once brought sample and grafted it. When they came up with the fruit it was extremely delicious and sixe was also good.
Before the introduction of the apple, this place was poorest in the country but apple changed the destiny of the people as now, it's the most progressive area economically. Apple is a major crop in Kinnaur, Kullu and Shimla districts of Himachal Pradesh. The whole credit goes to Stokes for his experiment and he will be remembered for times.


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