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By TPCI | July 26, 2019

A fruit believed to have originated in India, “Jamuns” found its way to tropical tracts around the world through interesting carriers, including indentured labourers from India as well as Portuguese colonisers.

Today India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world! From ice-creams to juices, wines, jams and syrups, India produces, manufactures and exports products made of “Jamun” round the year now. The K's Kitchen Jamun Jam, MeghSons’s Jamun Chips, Mapro’s Kala Khatta Jamun Squash etc. are all favorite and most consumed products in India.

Apart from mangoes is perhaps the only other fruit that unites every Indian irrespective of where they hail from. But it is another tropical fruit indigenous to India that always makes your summer a little fresh! These are the “Jamuns”. One can always relish this tropical fruit as every bite leads to an explosion of flavours in the mouth, leaving behind a mix of sweet, sour and even mildly astringent taste.

The purple powerhouse of summers!

As much as we love “Jamuns”, very few know that the tiny fruit is bursting with nutrients. Besides containing 80 per cent of water, it also has copious amounts of magnesium, phosphorus and sodium that are nature’s way of helping us recharge our bodies during hot, sweltering days.

In addition, it also contains calcium, iron, vitamin C, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6; all of which together are advantageous for a healthy body and good immunity.What’s more, the polyphenol compounds present in “Jamun” are believed to be effective against cancer, heart diseases, asthma and arthritis.

Not just the fruit, even the “Jamun” leaves are good for health: both oral as well as digestive systems. They are known to cure diarrhoea by inducing constipation and also help control diabetes by converting sugar into energy.

As much as “Jamuns” are loaded with goodness, the sad fact is that these can only be found during the summers. But fret not, for people are always working their way out of making value-added products in India and “Jamun” has not been left behind!

The good old “Jamun” 

Borne by tall, gangly trees whose generously spread out branches give shade throughout the year, “Jamuns” hold a sentimental value for many. These purple powerhouse held a noted and deep-rooted presence in Indian mythology and were known as the fruit of the Gods.

Another interesting trivia comes from ancient puranic texts which talk of a terrestrial world known as Jambudvīpa, which together in the cosmologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, was the realm where mortal beings lived.The word translates to the land of Jambu trees, which is none other than the humble “Jamun”.

For folks from Delhi or Lutyen’s Delhi in particular, the lure of jamuns is inescapable as the entire residential stretch is replete with “Jamun” trees that were planted during the British era, and now seem to touch the sky.The fruit even finds a mention in the records of legendary Moroccan historian and explorer, Ibn Battuta, dating back to the 14th century while he was travelling in India.