In western Kyrgyzstan, 70 km from the border of Uzbekistan, one named Arslanbob Town is.
This town with a population of thirteen thousand is situated in a fertile valley among the hills of Babash Ata.
Two natural waterfalls in spring and summer tempt the tourists here, but the most unique thing here is in the autumn. It is a walnut here.
There is a large-scale migration from Arslanbob in September every year.
About 3000 families leave their homes here and move towards the southern slopes of the mountain spread over 385 square kilometers.
Located in the forest about an hour's walk away from the village, the world's most walnut is grown.
The walnut forest in Arslanbob produces one thousand to fifteen hundred tons of walnuts every year, which is the largest single source of walnuts in the world.
Walnuts here are dark colored. Also, they are famous for their taste and being in an environment free from pests. This nut is sent to Europe and all over Asia.
How did such a big forest of walnuts come here? It is part of the legends.
According to some people, this story is related to Prophet Mohammad Saheb, who gave walnut seeds to a gardener and asked him to go to the forest.
After long journey he reached Arslanbob. In the foothills of the snow-clad mountain peaks, he found a place where the weather was very pleasant.
There were rivers of clear water and the land was fertile. Seeing the right place, he planted the seeds. After centuries, walnut forests were prepared there.
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Alexander the Great
Another legend is that most of the walnut trees in Europe have been from the forests of Arslanbob.
Two thousand years ago Alexander the Great spread them.
According to this story, when Alexander's army was marching towards East Asia, it stopped in this valley.
Some soldiers could not go forward due to the wounds received in the war. They stopped a few kilometers from Arslanbob. This place is now called Yardar. Yardar literally means wounded in Uzbek language.
A few months later, those soldiers got fit and joined Alexander's army again.
The soldiers found walnuts, apples and other fruits in abundance in the forest. He immediately recovered after eating them and reached his commander.
Alexander was so happy that during his return to Europe he took walnut seeds from Arslanbob and got them planted in Greece.