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Ber fruit are also referred to as Indian Jujube, Beri Fruit, Indian Plum, and Indian Cherry. There are some 90 cultivars of Ber fruit. A tropical and subtropical plant, Ber is related to the more common Chinese jujube, which grows in milder temperatures. The Ber tree may yield as many as 30,000 fruit per year, which is primarily harvested for consumption, however, a pigment extracted from the Ber fruit is also used as a natural dye for silk.
Ber fruit have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and they contain vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin and pectin. Ber fruit are also high in flavonoids and bioflavonoids, which are essential for the absorption of vitamin C, and which help to stimulate digestion, promote circulation and prevent allergies.
Ripe Ber fruit are typically consumed raw. In Asia, they may be made into pickles, chutneys and candies, or crushed in water to make a cooling drink. Ripe fruits are often preserved through the sun-drying method. Under-ripe Ber fruit may also be eaten raw, seasoned with a sprinkling of salt. Store fresh Ber fruit in sealed bags in the refrigerator, where they can last up to a week.
Ber fruit features in mythology of India. It is said to be “the tree that removes sorrow”, and is sacred to Shiva, the god of destruction and transformation. Tradition has it that one can heal ailments by taking a bath under the Ber trees in the lakes of the holy city of Amritsar. Used in Ayurvedic Medicine, Ber fruit is classified as a cooling fruit, and is used to treat indigestion, burning sensations, fevers, and thirst, as well as lung and circulatory system issues. In India, Ber is also a common home remedy for digestive problems. #ber #jujube #india #juicy #crisp #floral #greenapple #chef #vickythegastronaut #food #fruit #berry #foodporn #local #inseason #foodporn #chef #foodphotography #foodie at Mirzapur, India