The Health Benefits Of Phalsa Or Falsa - A Summer Fruit Of India

Rajan Singh Jolly By Rajan Singh Jolly, 6th May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3jrzz5pf/
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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

Phalsa is called in various other languages, by the following names:
Filipino - Bariuan-gulod
Khymer-Pophilie
Lao-nhap
Thai-Lai khon, Po tao hai
Spanish-Falsa
Nepali-Fussi, Phalsa

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

Ingredients

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

Method

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

The image of Phalsa is from Wikimedia Commons Public Domain requiring no attribution.
The image file is at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/80/Falsa.JPG

Tags

Falsa Fruit, Falsa Plant, Fruit Of Georgia, Grewia Asiatica, Indian Fruit, Phalsa

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author avatar Rajan Singh Jolly
A former poultry breeder. A major in Botany and Chemistry. I prefer to write on health topics, healthy foods, alternate therapies, yoga, pranayam. I write at Hubpages, Ezinearticles, Triond, Blogger.

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author avatar Mounika Reddy
6th May 2012 (#)

Great information and congrats for the star :)

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author avatar Rajan Singh Jolly
7th May 2012 (#)

Thanks Mounika for liking the page and the congrats.

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author avatar Mounika Reddy
6th May 2012 (#)

Great information and congrats for the star :)

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author avatar ghazala zafar
6th May 2012 (#)

I love Falsa ♥
Congratulation on your first page with star!

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author avatar Rajan Singh Jolly
7th May 2012 (#)

Ghazala, thanks for readding. I appreciate your comments.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th May 2012 (#)

I have not tasted this fruit; I should keep en eye in super markets and have a go! Thanks for the share, Rajan - siva

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author avatar Rajan Singh Jolly
12th May 2012 (#)

Siva,thanks for reading and leaving your comments.

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author avatar Jyotidhingra
13th Jun 2012 (#)

not completeinformation

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author avatar Jyotidhingra
13th Jun 2012 (#)

tasty fruit

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author avatar Gurdip Singh Brar
27th Jun 2012 (#)

Comprehensive information. Plus, as per food for health - stamina, it is like blueberries which helps to push excess cholesterol out o
f system before it deposits in arteries and is a great health booster

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author avatar Jsnegi
26th Aug 2012 (#)

its very good information,to day i have eat raw Falsa.

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author avatar Rukhsana saeed
19th May 2013 (#)

It is a very tasty fruit, the juice is also very cool refreshing and tasty.Its full of benefits.

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author avatar Rukhsana saeed
19th May 2013 (#)

Phalsas taste is very yummy.
It's juice is very cool and refreshing,has lot of health benefits.

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author avatar Rukhsana saeed
19th May 2013 (#)

Phalsas taste is very yummy.
It's juice is very cool and refreshing,has lot of health benefits.

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author avatar JobyJohn
31st May 2014 (#)

Dear Sir,
I was just passing by an old man who was selling the Phalsa fruit on the road side. I bought it thinking similar looking berries available in MP, although i asked the name which he stated to be Falsa. After reaching home, I read the comprehensive information provided by you. We are grateful that, you have shared your valuable knowledge with the world.
Keep up the good work. Regards

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