Workers of the Badkhyz State Reserve prepare to harvest pistachios. It is in the reserve, located between the Tejen and Murghab rivers, that pistachio forests spread over an area of more than 20,000 hectares.
The pistachio tree begins to bear fruit at the age of 15-18 and produces an average of 2 to 5 kilograms of nuts. Other record-breaking trees "give out" up to 15 kilograms of crop. According to scientists, the age of some fruit-bearing trees is 500-600 years. Well, the oldest pistachio tree in Turkmenistan is more than 800 years old, and it is located in the Kepel gorge of the Badkhyz State Reserve.
It should be noted that the pistachio forests of Turkmenistan are protected by the state, and within the framework of government programs for environmental protection, it is planned to expand their areas.