KARACHI – The winter has finally started though not in full force at mega city of the country, prices of seasonal commodities are bound to skyrocket, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts quite out of the reach of the common man.

According to trader Ismaiel Farooq at local market, almond price was Rs 850/kg just few days back but now it is being sold at Rs 950/ kg and Chilgozas (pine nuts) as usual remained the most expensive dry fruit of  this season, with prices ranging between Rs 2000-3200 per kg with shell and without shell.

Iranian almond being sold at Rs 1400/kg and salted almond price at Rs 960/kg while the value of almond with shell at Rs 800/kg, he added.

Pistachio with and without shell at Rs 1400 to 1800 per kg, walnut at Rs 500 per kg, Dates at Rs 120 to 180 per kg including Saudi dates, Peanuts with shell or without shell at Rs 400/ kg, Cashew salted and plain is being sold at Rs 1400/kg while dried Fig at Rs 1000/kg and dried Apricot at Rs 500/kg  in the open market.

Overall, sources reported that this season demand is likely to remain very strong as local buyers, such as large number of manufacturers of baked goods, are going to purchase of almonds, walnuts and other dried nuts and fruits used in the manufacturing of cakes and biscuits on high prices.