Health Benefits of Phalsa or Falsa Fruit
Phalsa is also called Falsa in India. It is a small berry that is the fruit of the tree Grewia asiatica (Grewia asiatica). The tree is small in size, about 15 - 20 feet tall. It is native to India and South Asia. The tree has a rough bark and drooping branches that are covered with hairs. The leaves are big and thick, oval-shaped with pointed tips. The fruit is purple in color and ripens on the tree.
The tree can grow in a variety of soil conditions and climates and is drought resistant. It does, however, need protection from freezing temperatures.
About Phalsa Fruit
This is a fruit native to tropical countries. It is available in India during the months of May and June, the peak hot months. Phalsa is purple to almost black in color when ripe, with a sweet-to-sour taste.
A very delicate and perishable fruit, phalsa is difficult to transport. This is one of the reasons it is not available throughout the country. When consumed during summers, it provides a much-needed cooling effect.
The fruit needs sufficient sunlight and warmth to ripen fully. It is mostly eaten fresh, with a sprinkling of salt and black pepper. However a syrup of the fruit is also prepared, so that one can enjoy the fruits' benefits for a longer time.
Medicinal Uses of the Tree
Medicinal and Other Uses for the Phalsa Tree
Phalsa trees are grown for their fruit but all parts can be used.
• Fresh leaves act as a fodder for cattle.
• The bark is used to refine sugar.
• The bark can be made into rope.
• An infusion of the bark is used to treat diarrhea, pain, rheumatism, and arthritis.
• The bark relieves urinary troubles and relieves vaginal burning.
• The wood is used to make poles, archery bows, and spear handles.
• The leaves relieve all types of inflammations of the skin, including cuts, burning, boils, eczema, and pustular skin eruptions. Just soak the leaves overnight and make a paste in water. Apply this paste on the affected area. The leaves have an antibiotic effect.
• The oil produced from the seeds is used to treat reproductive disorders.
Medicinal Uses of Phalsa Fruit
• Unripe fruit relieves inflammation and is used to treat respiratory, heart, fever, and blood afflictions.
• The ripe fruit is cooling. It is used to relieve heat conditions, throat disorders, and stomach aches.
• The fruit is full of antioxidants and is used to reduce cancer risk.
• The juice is digestive and alleviates stomach aches, normalizes the heart rate and blood pressure.
• The fruit brings on urine flow, relieves thirst, protects against heat stroke, vomiting, nausea, and uneasy feelings due to heat.
• Phalsa relieves headaches, pimples, burning sensations, acidity, leucorrhea, and food aversion.
• Phalsa cures anemia and skin dryness.
Specific Healing Uses With Directions
- Stomach pain: Roast 3 gms carom seeds. Add 25 to 30 ml phalsa juice. Stir and warm this a bit. Drink to relieve pain.
- Burning eyes, urine, chest, stomach, and sour eructations: Drink phalsa sherbet daily.
- Weak heart: Take 50 ml phalsa juice. Add a pinch of rock salt and a pinch of black pepper powder. Mix well. Add powdered candy sugar or sugar to taste. Stir well and rink for relief.
- Weakness of stomach, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain: To phalsa juice add a little rose water and sugar to taste. Drink daily.
- Brain weakness: Drink 50 ml phalsa juice everyday.
- Respiratory troubles, cold weather troubles, and hiccups: Warm a little phalsa juice. Add a little ginger juice and rock salt. Drink.
- Burning during urination: Take 25 gms phalsa, 5 gms Amla powder, 10 gms black grapes and 10 gms dates. Grind all except amla powder. Soak all the ingredients in water at night. The next morning add 20 gms sugar. Stir well. Strain the water. Divide this water into 2 equal parts.Take 1 part in the morning and 1 part in the evening.
In 1994, the Fort Valley State University Agricultural Research Station in Georgia began an investigation into the feasibility of growing phalsa in the U.S. The phalsa seeds were obtained from India through the USDA Plant Introduction division. The study was conducted by Yadav A.K. and produced this nutrient information. Nutrients were analyzed in 1998.
Nutrient values per 100g of fruit:
- Calories (Kcal) 90.5
- Calories from fat (Kcal) 0.0
- Moisture (%) 76.3
- Fat (g) <0.1
- Protein (g) 1.57
- Carbohydrates (g) 21.1
- Dietary Fiber (g) 5.53
- Ash (g) 1.1
- Calcium (mg) 136
- Phosphorus (mg) 24.2
- Iron (mg) 1.08
- Potassium (mg) 372
- Sodium (mg) 17.3
- Vitamin A (µg) 16.11
- Vitamin B1,Thiamin (mg) 0.02
- Vitamin B2, Riboflavin (mg) 0.264
- Vitamin B3, Niacin (mg) 0.825
- Vitamin C, Ascorbic acid (mg) 4.385
Yadav, A.K. 1999. Phalsa: A Potential New Small Fruit for Georgia. p. 348–352. In: J. Janick (ed.), Perspectives on new crops and new uses. ASHS Press, Alexandria, VA.
Phalsa Sherbet Recipe
- 250 grams phalsa berries
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup ice, crushed
- 3 cups water, cold
- 1 lemon
- Wash berries in water. Grind or blend in a grinder or blender.
- Strain pulp well through a strainer.
- Add water and sugar. Mix well.
- Add lemon juice and crushed ice. Stir.
- Serve chilled.
This article is for informational purposes only. Always consult your medical doctor or health practitioner before starting any home remedies or new health regime.
Phalsa Refreshing Drink - Recipe
How To Make Falsa Chutney, Falsa Jam And Falsa Sherbet
Grewia asiatica (Phalsa)
© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly
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