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Health Benefits of Phalsa or Falsa Fruit

Updated on May 18, 2016
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Rajan is a major in Botany and Chemistry. Has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years of his career, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Phalsa tree leaves and flowers.
Phalsa tree leaves and flowers. | Source

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

Phalsa fruit.
Phalsa fruit. | Source

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.

Nutrition Information

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

Phalsa sherbet.
Phalsa sherbet. | Source

Ingredients

  • 250 grams phalsa berries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup ice, crushed
  • 3 cups water, cold
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Wash berries in water. Grind or blend in a grinder or blender.
  2. Strain pulp well through a strainer.
  3. Add water and sugar. Mix well.
  4. Add lemon juice and crushed ice. Stir.
  5. Serve chilled.
4 stars from 2 ratings of Phalsa Sherbet

Disclaimer

This article is for informational purposes only. Always consult your medical doctor or health practitioner before starting any home remedies or new health regime.

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      Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi rajan and thank you for another very informative Hub. I have never heard of Falsa, nor seen it in markets here, probably because it is so perishable. What fruit does it taste like that North Americans/Europeans may be familiar with, or is it a very unique taste?

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      I have not tried out this fruit yet. Great hub and useful information on the Falsa fruit.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Kaili - I understand that this fruit is more localised than many because of its perishable nature. Regarding the taste it does not resemble any of those I have tasted. It has an astringent, sweet and sour taste. The berries are slightly larger than the size of peas.

      If you would like to grow it, you can from seeds but it has to have good sunlight to flourish and no freezing temperatures.

      Thanks for reading and appreciating.

      @ Nithya - you must try this fruit. Is it available where you live?

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Thank you for informing us of the Falsa fruit. This is the first I have ever heard of this fruit.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      Im not familiar with this fruit, Must be rare in countries like England.

      Interesting, Voted up

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      CCahill, yes it is not much known outside Southeast Asia being native to tropical climes and due to the extremely perishable nature of the fruit. I'm glad you still made a point to read and appreciate. Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      CCahill, yes it is not much known outside Southeast Asia being native to tropical climes and due to the extremely perishable nature of the fruit. I'm glad you still made a point to read and appreciate. Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Oceansider, I agree this fruit isn't much known about outside Asia. It cannot be transported much because of its perishable nature. My effort was to spread knowledge about this fruit and I'm thankful to you for sparing time to read and comment.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      That's odd, can it not be preserved in Juices or something like other fruits? Is it nice?

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      michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for sharing information about this fruit. I'll have to keep an eye out at the fruit market.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      CCahill, it is definitely surprising that even amazon and ebay do not have any listings of this fruit juice. I just came across 1 reference to a commercially manufactured falsa juice by a company called Al Hilal , when searching on the net.

      The link is here : http://www.al-hilal.com.pk/

      It of course is a great tasting berry.

      Thanks for putting this question.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      michiganman, Thanks for giving the hub a read. I would be very interested in knowing if this fruit is available there.

      Thanks again.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've never seen this fruit here in Southern California, not even among exotic Asian produce. But I'm willing to try it given the praises you've sung. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Alocsin, maybe you could try locating the commercially manufactured juice if the fresh fruit is not available. Thanks for reading and voting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Alocsin, maybe you could try locating the commercially manufactured juice if the fresh fruit is not available. Thanks for reading and voting.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Looks like wild berries on our place.. Very well written hub. All the votes!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      It is a berry but very different in looks and the taste is not related to any of the European or American berries.

      I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the read and votes, spy.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very much welcome Rajan..

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Awesome Hub! Did not know that the fruit has these many benefits. Thanks for sharing, hub voted up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I'm glad the hub gave you some extra information. Thanks for reading and giving it a vote up Anamika.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Rajan, I've never heard of Phalsa fruit before but it looks like a powerhouse berry. I appreciate all the hubs you write on the medicinal value of natural foods. Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared on Facebook! Kelley

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kelley, the extremely perishable nature of this fruit is the reason this is not much known in the west. In Asia however, it is grown in many countries hence it is recognised here as such.

      Thanks for reading this hub, appreciating and sharing. I appreciate your continued support.

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      bhagat 4 years ago

      hello .

      Nice t read falsa fruit details from this site. At present i am in mumbai is it possible to get falsa fruit in mumbai during this season. Please let me know.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      bhagat,

      falsa normally is available in the summer months, from April to June. Thanks for reading.

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Rajan I remember when we used to go Mountains where my maternal grand mom lived, we used to have them as wild fruits. They were quite common there but now government has given it to contractors and thus people of even that place have to buy it. It is really a shame that such a wonderful fruit is not available to local people in Mount Abu direct from its trees.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The government should have been more understanding. Thanks for reading.

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      Dinesh Jain 3 years ago

      So nice to read abt falsa and also surprised to know that a lot of people do not about it or never seen it.I have three falsa trees in my garden.this season i ate a lot of falsa. Sir i want to know that how can i preserve them to take the benefits in off season.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Dinesh. I believe phalsa fruit is very difficult to preserve as such as it is extremely perishable. However you can make it into a jam, sherbet and chutney as given in the video above to enjoy it for sometime more.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I don't have to tell you we don't have this fruit in New York! It follows that I never heard of it either. It is fascinating that it is being studied here. Perhaps it will wind up in this country since the entire plant sounds so beneficial!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      naheed 3 years ago

      too much tasty i like too much,bt hare uae no found i miss too much

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      Ganesh 17 months ago

      Falsa fruit is called blue berry in english language.... may be one can find this with the name blue berries.

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      Peter 12 months ago

      Blue berry is not phalasa both are very different

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 12 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Blueberry is a different fruit altogether Peter.

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      Dhananjay D 12 months ago

      Available store in mumbai if any one know pls give me information

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      Manjul. 2 months ago

      I have falsa trees blooming at EuroZone(my farm land and upcoming hotel) in pushkar with Mango, jamun and Amla trees.

      About taste it's unique and my most favourite because of the unique balance of sweet and sour taste.

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      Satender Kumar 3 weeks ago

      A very interesting, useful and detailed article on a fruit which is less known, not easily available, costly also but has immense health benefits.

      Thanks.

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      a.dee0 8 days ago

      Can we eat falsy during pregnancy

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