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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
World's largest walnut harvest

During the harvest, it’s all hands on deck. While young children typically remain with their grandparents in the village during the week to attend school, their parents often descend from the forest each weekend to bring them back to the campsite on horseback. The children of Arslanbob (Kyrgyzstan) make a huge contribution to the harvest. Their short height helps to spot fallen walnuts hidden in the leaves and they often end up collecting more nuts than their parents. In especially good years, a family renting a three-hectare plot of land may collect as many as 300kg of walnuts.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Kyrgyzstan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Mayank Soni