The Health Benefits Of Phalsa Or Falsa - A Summer Fruit Of India
Phalsa is also called as falsa in India. It is a purple coloured berry like fruit of the plant Grewia asiatica. A fruit of the summer season, it has various health benefits, apart from its excellent protection against the hot summers. To know more, read on...
- General Information About Phalsa
- Uses Of The Phalsa Tree
- Nutrients & Antioxidant Activity Of Phalsa
- Health Benefits Of Phalsa
- Recipe For Phalsa Sherbet
- About Image Used In This Page
General Information About Phalsa
Phalsa is called in various other languages, by the following names:
Filipino - Bariuan-gulod
Thai-Lai khon, Po tao hai
Phalsa or Falsa, is a fruit of the tree Grewia asiatica, which is a native of India and other countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Thailand. It has also been naturalised in Australia and the Philippines. It is a small tree that grows to a height of 15 to 20 feet and bears sour sweet tiny reddish purple fruits which resemble blueberries. The tree fruits during the peak summer months of May and June each year.
The fruits are easily perishable and its juice can be prepared to last the entire summer. Also, the fruits are eaten as they are with the addition of a little salt and black pepper.
The fruit is consumed for its cooling effect in summer as well as for its other health benefits.
The entire tree has various other uses.
Uses Of The Phalsa Tree
The fruits are used to treat various health problems.
The leaves are used as cattle fodder.
The branches are used to make baskets for transporting vegetables and fruits, as a fuel and the wood is used to make the archer's bow, spears, handles, poles etc.
The bark is used to make ropes and as a substitute for soap. Also, the mucilage which is extracted from the bark by pounding it in water is then used to prepare brown sugar from sugarcane juice due to its clarifying effect.
Nutrients & Antioxidant Activity Of Phalsa
The following nutrients are present in Phalsa :
Good levels of Potassium, low levels of Sodium, rich in Vitamin C, Calcium, Phosphorus and fibre.
The seeds contain palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic acids.
The fruit peel has the highest antioxidant activity followed by the pulp and then the seeds.
The fruits also offer radiation protection.
The leaves also exhibit antioxidant activity.
Health Benefits Of Phalsa
It is excellentl to alleviate summer thirst and hot weather related problems.
The raw fruit relieves inflammations, fevers and blood disorders. It purifies blood.
A wonderful reliever of respiratory ailments like asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs and sore throat.
It relieves urinary problems like burning and the juice aids in relieving digestive problems like excess acidity and indigestion.
The infusion of the bark is used to treat diarrhoea.
The paste of the leaves cures skin infections like eczema and eruptions and heals wounds.
The fruit relieves liver and gall bladder problems, regulates blood pressure and cholesterol.
The seeds are used to treat gonorrhoea and fertility problems.
It protects from sunstroke, cures anaemia.
The bark of the root is used to treat rheumatism.
Recipe For Phalsa Sherbet
1/2 Kg Phalsa fruit
2 Litres Water
2 Tsp Ground cumin seeds
2 Tsp Rock salt
1/4 Kg Jaggery or Sugar
Fresh mint leaves for garnishing
Soak phalsa in water for 30 minutes.
Strain out the fruit.
Mash the fruit and remove the seeds.
Add ground cumin, rock salt and jaggery to the water. Mix well.
Chill, add garnishing and serve.
About Image Used In This Page
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