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CHITRAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY

Local Practice:

Binju fruits are collected and beaded in to a string and put around the necks of children to ward off evil eyes. Young branches are also designed into various shapes, usually bird shaped designs, locally called boikdar and fastened to the shoulders of children as a devil repellent. Older branches are also used in agriculture tools due to their strength.

Historical Use:

The resin of P. khinjuk has been used to treat indigestion, and toothache and as a tonic and astringent. In addition, fruits of P. khinjuk are used as edible wild fruits.

The saturated fatty acid in P. khinjuk seeds  is quite high (59.44%) and are found to be oleic acid. 

Local Name Binju
Botanical Name Pistacia khinjak
Part used Young branches, fruits and older branches
Locally used for Devil repellent