Characterization of nut species of Afghanistan: I - Almond

Kaska N., Kafkas S., Padulosi S., Wassimi N., Ak B.

4th International Symposium on Pistachios and Almonds, Tehran, Iran, 22 - 25 May 2005, pp.147-149 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume:
  • Doi Number: 10.17660/actahortic.2006.726.23
  • City: Tehran
  • Country: Iran
  • Page Numbers: pp.147-149
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


In Afghanistan, almond is the most important nut grown in the regions of Kondoz, Takhar, Balkh, Baghlan, Heart and especially the Samangan regions. It is a very valuable exporting crop which is in demand mostly in Pakistan and India. Unlike pistachio, almond orchards were established by the growers with budded nursery trees. The orchards are generally irrigated. Paper shell genotypes are generally most accepted by the farmers and they are preferred by the domestic and export markets. Almost all the almond genotypes are native. Generally, the orchards are solid but in some places the trees were planted on the borders of grain fields. It is a source of richness for Afghanistan, but there is a need to study them and find out the highest yielding, late flowering, and highest quality genotypes. In our study, we attempted to characterize almond genotypes of Afghanistan. Sixty-seven almond genotypes were collected by trained local horticultural technicians from different provinces. The collected samples were supposed to be the best ones in their areas. The samples were brought to Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey for pomological and fat and fatty acid analysis. The nuts are generally white in color, most of the genotypes are paper shell and two of them have more than 2 g kernel weight. There were selections having more unsaturated fat than "Nonpareil", the check cultivar. The almond genotypes reported on in this study show significant variation for the horticulturally important traits tested; and, therefore have important potential for almond breeders worldwide.