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Jamun – The fruit that evokes nostalgia

Jamun is commonly known as Java plum or Indian blackberry. They ripen during June and July with the onset of monsoon and are extremely popular in India. These nutri-rich berries have many health benefits and medicinal properties. More on our favourite berry below.

Interesting facts about the Jamun tree

The Jamun tree has a robust water-resistant trunk. The tree’s trunk is so strong that its timber is used to make several objects and appliances. Called Neredu in Telugu, the sturdy tree trunk is used to assemble bullock-cart wheels and other agricultural supplies. It is also used in constructing doors and windows.

Jamun is a fast-growing tree, growing up to approximately 30 meters. It is blessed with a very long life (100 years and counting) and grows throughout the year. This evergreen tropical tree is grown in India. It is also native to Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Andaman Islands, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia. It begins to sprout petite fragrant flowers in March-April, and by May-June, it begins to bear fruits. Each Jamun tree usually bears fruits for 60+ years once planted. The yield gradually increases to produce an incredible amount of fruits per tree.

The Jamun berry

Botanically called Syzygium Cumini, Jamun is popularly known as Malabar plum, Java plum, Phanir, Jambu, Neredu, Negai, Black plum, or Jambolan.

The fruit or berry is oblong in shape and resembles a small egg. It is interesting to see how the berry takes on various hues of attractive colour at different stages of ripening. It is green when unripe, turns pink while maturing, and finally, takes on a deep purple-black shade with a pinkish juicy flesh on reaching maturity.

The Jamun fruit is sweet in taste with a slightly acidic aftertaste. The most joyful part of bingeing on Jamuns is being left with a purple tongue, and don’t we all remember sticking out that colourful tongue to see who’s got the darkest shade? That’s just one of the many reasons why Jamuns have such a fan following among kids and adults alike!

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Why it’s good for you

The berry is approximately 83% water, 16% carbohydrates, 1% protein, and some vitamin C. However, the fruit is rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin B with active phytochemicals such as polyphenols.

The seed, too, has many uses in various alternative medicines such as Ayurveda and Unani, while the bark and the leaves help in controlling blood pressure and gingivitis.

The fruit has therapeutic properties that help tackle digestive issues, and more importantly, diabetes. It has two components, namely jamboline and jambosine, which reduce the release of sugar in the blood. Its seed also is believed to increase insulin production in the body.

Being low in calories, Jamuns help lose weight. It has a high fibre content that keeps one satiated for longer, preventing unwanted hunger pangs.

With phytochemicals like polyphenols containing anthocyanin, black plums are thought to prevent cancer as well heart diseases.

Jamun Recipes

This delightful tropical and sub-tropical fruit can be consumed in many delectable ways. It’s used to make vinegar cider and wine by allowing the Jamun fruit to ferment. It is also used in jams, refreshing sherbet syrups & mocktails, coolers, chutneys, and sauce mixes. Jamun also works beautifully in more exotic recipes like mousses, compotes, and panna cottas.

Interesting trivia

  • Jamun fruit and leaves are very popular in Maharashtra. The leaves are used in marriage decorations.
  • It is thought that the best way to consume the Jamun seed is in its powdered form. Allow the seeds to dry naturally then grind them into a fine powder.
  • There is a variant of the Jamun fruit that is white in colour. It is believed to have several medicinal properties.

So in conclusion, all we can say is eat Jamun and go purple!

For more delicious Jamun treats, try Jamun Conserve, Jamun Honey, and for the health-conscious, Karela Jamun Ayurvedic Juice.

Also Read: Pomegranate – The perfect fruit & its health benefits

14 comments on “Jamun – The fruit that evokes nostalgia

  1. Nice

  2. Jyoti Hulkoti Mysore

    Very useful information thanks for sharing

  3. Sunil Pathak

    This is very helpful for diabties patient

  4. Sandeep Parikh

    Jamun is natural fruits and Very Best for health also help in dibitic patient. In season eat lots Jamun or Jamun juice

  5. Very useful information on Jamun

  6. V. Khawani

    Thanks for this useful information. I love Jamun. Unfortunately, Big Basket doesn’t deliver it in our city.

  7. Shivakumar M S

    In Kannada language it is called NERALE HANNU. Seasonal fruit, must have it.

  8. Sandeep

    Very good results in dibitic help for reduce sugar

  9. Sandeep

    Very good eating Jamun for health

  10. R Nagaraja

    Good for diabetics

  11. Rabia Ruman

    Jamun is good for diabetic patients, its helps to reduce sugar level. Jamun Increases Haemoglobin. …
    Jamun Keeps the Heart Healthy. …
    Jamun Treats Digestive Problems. …
    Fights Respiratory Problems. …
    Jamun Helps with Weight Loss. …
    Keeps Skin Healthy and Radiant. …
    Diabetes Management. …
    Strengthens Teeth and Gums.

  12. Thank for sharing this information bcoz of this is very useful information

  13. Plucking a jamun from the tree which grows to great heights is the tricky part . The Java plum is an exotic name for the local black berry

  14. SJ all in 1

    I have a daily 3pcs , in this session
    Is this help it stumack problems

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