Jambuls resemble large berries. They are oblong in shape. They are green when they are raw, then pink and finally shiny crimson black when ripe. The fruit has a sweetish, mildly astringent taste.The tongue turns purple after eating jambuls.Ripe jambuls have a smell that is reminiscent of ripe apricots.
Common names for jambul are Jambolan, Jambu, Jamum, Java Plum, Rose Apple and Thorn Apple.
Jambul is an evergreen tropical tree that belongs to the plant family Myrtaceae. It is native to India, Pakistan and Indonesia. It is also grown Myanmar, Brazil, Suriname and Afghanistan.
 Health Benefits
Jambul is used as a carminative in India for diarrhoea and stomach aches. The seeds of fresh jambuls have been found effective in diabetes in quickly reducing sugar in the urine. Jambuls are also a useful remedy for stomach cramps and flatulence.
Various decoctions are made from the from the seeds to treat diarrhea and colic pains. According to studies conducted jambuls have a significant hypoglycemic action in both the urine and blood. They are of great value to diabetics. Even small amounts of jambul rapidly reduce blood and urine sugar levels. However, this does not work on all diabetics which may explain why this plant is not used more extensively in their treatment.
Ayurvedic medicine in India prescribes powdered jambul seeds for the treatment of diabetes. Jambul ground with mango seeds is taken in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery. In certain parts of Southeast Asia, the roots are used for the treatment of epilepsy.
 Healing Power
- To control diabetes eat fresh jambuls or 2 teaspoons of the dried jambul fruits twice a day.
- Powdered jambul seeds taken with salt taken twice a day reduces sugar in the blood.
The seeds of jambul, powdered and consumed with half a cup of water, twice a day cures diarrhoea.
One teaspoonful of the bark of the jambul tree, powdered and taken with milk stops excessive bleeding.
Boiled leaves of the jambul & the mango trees in equal quantity cures vomiting.
- Stomach disorders
- A few grams of jambul vinegar taken twice a day with a little salt cures stomach ache and indigestion.
- Kidney stones
Fresh jambul fruit taken with curd eliminate stones. Wounds A jambul leaf paste applied on wounds helps in healing.
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