What is Kilao dry fruit? Hunza Chocolate/Hunza Candy?
Walnut Kelawo کیلاو (also spelled Kilao) is an extremely delicious cuisine of Hunza and Punial Valley. It is prepared by repeatedly dipping walnuts in a sweetened juice of Honey, Mulberry, and Grapes. The nuts are first sewn in a thread by hand and sun-dried to get the crispiness. When naturally dried, the nuts are dipped in a chocolate-like paste of Mulberries, Grapes, and Honey mixed with Wheat Flour.
Kelawo is also known as Hunza Candy. Some may term it Hunza Chocolate, but as Kelawo does not contain any cocoa, it is not a chocolate.
The Kilao dry fruit is prepared fresh during June and November- when the nuts are fresh. You may consume the Kilao between meals or serve it as a dessert during New Year and Navroz celebrations. Walnut Kelawo is one of the best gifts to give, the best companion with coffee or Wild Thyme/Tumuro Tea.
Benefits of Walnut Kelawo – Kilao
Walnut Kelawo is the powerhouse of essential Fatty Acids and proteins. They are known to promote blood circulation, improve Hemoglobin levels and reduce Cholesterol. Molasses made from grapes and mulberries contain high levels of iron minerals.  Mulberries may also lower cholesterol levels, improve blood sugar control, and help prevent fatty liver disease. According to Healthline.com, Mulberries also decrease oxidative stress, reducing cancer risk.
As grape juice is also used in Hunza Candy, compounds in grapes may protect against heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Both grapes and mulberries are rich in antioxidants, beneficial plant compounds that may protect against chronic health conditions.
About the Walnuts used:
Walnuts are also a great natural source of Omega-3 fat, Vitamin E, fiber, and protein making them the perfect snack item for your healthy diet plan.
The walnuts we use are organic and natural from different valleys of Hunza and Gilgit Baltistan. The taste of GS Hunza Dry Fruits’ walnuts, which are grown with traditional methods, is quite delicious compared to other walnuts. Inshallah, you’ll love our Hunza candy made from these walnuts.
Ingredients of Walnut Kelawo – Kilao
Walnut Kernel, Mulberries, Honey, Grapes, Wheat Flour.
In an environment of 15-22 degrees, you may store kilao dry fruit for up to 60 days. You can also refrigerate to avoid worms (organic nuts are prone to worms in warm temperatures and humidity), but do not deep freeze. We do include Silica gel desiccant with the package, which can also help preserve Kelawo.
The product contains walnuts and gluten.
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