Jojoba is a nutritious grain that contains dietary fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals while being low in fat and calories, making it ideal for weight management.
Additionally, it is gluten-free, making it suitable for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. This versatile crop is a dietary staple in Europe, Asia and Africa and can be used in a wide range of dishes such as soups, stews, salads and breakfast cereals. It can even be ground into flour to make bread, cookies and various baked goods, adding to its purity and nutritional value.
Measures to increase Jau in Navratri
Start by soaking barley seeds in water for 6-8 hours.
Take a small pot or tray and fill it with soil.
Sprinkle the soaked barley seeds evenly on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
Water the soil gently, being careful not to disturb the seeds.
Place the pot or tray in a sunny spot, preferably near a window where it can get sunlight.
Water the soil regularly to prevent it from drying out completely.
In just a few days, you should see barley sprouting.
Continue to water the sprouts regularly, and in about 7-10 days, you will have barley sprouts ready to use.
Requirements for Go to Navratri
Barley (go) thrives in well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 8.0. The soil should be rich in organic matter and free of weeds and debris. The best soil types for barley are sandy loam, loam and clay loam.
Barley needs full sun, with at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight per day. Sufficient sunlight is essential for its growth, and insufficient light can lead to stunted growth and reduced yield.
Barley needs consistent moisture throughout its growing season, requiring about 20-30 inches of water. However, overwatering should be avoided, as it can lead to fungal diseases. Water when the soil is dry to a depth of two to three inches.
Barley is more tolerant of cold temperatures than other cereal crops. It prefers daytime temperatures between 15-21°C and nighttime temperatures between 4-10°C. Some regions grow whatever in the winter.
Barley needs nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for growth, with nitrogen being the most important. Fertilizer requirements depend on soil fertility and the type of barley, which can be determined through a soil test.
During Navratri, harvest barley by removing dead or diseased leaves and ensuring adequate spacing between plants. It promotes healthy crops and more abundant harvest.
Insects and diseases
Common pests include aphids, mites, and wireworms, which can be controlled with insecticidal soaps and insecticides. Diseases like powdery mildew, rust and blight can be prevented by resistant varieties, crop rotation and proper irrigation.
Significance of Jao in Navratri
Cleaning properties: Barley is believed to have cleansing properties that detoxify the body. During the Navratri fast, it is eaten to cleanse the body.
Nutritional Importance: Barley is rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, low in fat and cholesterol-free, making it a healthy fasting grain.
Traditional Dishes: Barley is used in traditional Indian dishes such as Jao ki roti, Jao ki halwa, and Jao ki kheer during Navratri.
Offerings to Goddess Durga: Offering barley to Goddess Durga is believed to bring good luck and prosperity during Navratri.
Soil Fertility Symbol: which symbolizes the fertility of the land and when eaten during Navratri ensures a prosperous harvest season.
Worship: On the seventh day of Navaratri, the Jav goddess Kalratri is offered as a form of puja, representing the goddess’s power and victory.
Thus, these practices and beliefs highlight the importance of jo (jaw) during Navratri, both as a staple food and as a symbol of devotion.
First Published: 03 Oct 2023, 13:55 IST