Exotic Fruit: meet the Jamblon

Jamblon, Java Plum, Jamun or Jamblang (Syzygium cumini) a few of the names for this strange little fruit. Looks like an olive, taste like – I don’t know actually what it tastes like exactly. It’s extremely tart, you get this dry thing happening in your mouth when you eat it. My mother in law lets them soak in salty water. As street food you get it with salt and chilli. The salt tends to take a bit of the tartness.

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I guess it is the kind of thing you get addicted too! or you don’t like it at all. I start eating them, and really I can’t stop until the bowl is finished. Also, you know it is very healthy as soon as you put it in your mouth – Vitamin C.  The leaves, the bark, the seeds can be used for all kinds of things. You can read about this little super-fruit here.

The evergreen tree grows very big and provides nice shade. It’s quite easy to spot on the roads, all the small purple fruits are everywhere on the ground.

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The evergreen tree, Syzygium Cumini, the one in the middle of the picture
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The leaves – unfortunately no pics of the fruits on the tree – they are too high up!

The tree is originally from India and the fruit is considered the fruit of the Gods; it was a favourite of Lord Ram in exile. It is also mentioned in Vayu Purana (a Sanskrit text and one of the eighteen major Puranas of Hinduism): “The fruits of the tree are very tasteful; One who regularly consumes the juice of the Jambu tree, does not suffer from old age, disease and can even resist death…” – Chapter 46, Verse 28/29.

Told you it was healthy!

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