Jamun, also known as Indian black berry, Jambul, black plum, kala jamun, jambilan, neredu etc., is an important summer fruit. It has numerous health and beauty benefits due to the presence of various nutrients essential for a healthy body and mind. It is a pulpy sweet fruit having a unique color and taste. Kids generally love this fruit because of the purple patch of color it leaves on the tongue. The purple color is due to a pigment ‘anthocyanin’ that is known to fight cancer cells.
Not only the fruit, but other parts of jamun tree also have abundant health benefits. Seeds of jamun are used in various herbal formulations to cure a number of ailments.
Its leaves help in curing dysentery, excessive sweating, urinary tract infections etc.
Let me jot down some of the benefits of jamun to convince you that it’s a fruit worth eating. So snack on this fruit this summer to get all the benefits it confers…..
Boon for diabetic patients: Jamun, having low glycemic index, is helpful in reducing blood sugar. Its seeds contain a glycoside, named jamboline, and alkaloid, jambosine, that control and regulate blood sugar level. Jamboline prevents conversion of starch to sugar.
Improves digestion: The juice of jamun detoxify the entire body and is helpful in treating digestive disorders like diarrhoea, dysentery, vomiting etc.
Good for heart health: Jamun is loaded with nutrients like ellagic acid, anthocyanins and anthocyanidins that make them potent anti-inflammatory substances and also prevent the oxidation of cholesterol and plaque formation that contributes to heart disease. They also contain good amounts of potassium which is very beneficial for keeping the heart healthy and preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Refreshes skin and prevents infection: various compounds present in jamun like malic acid, oxalic acid, gallic acid, and tannins etc, confer it with antimalarial, antibacterial and gastroprotective properties.
Reduce pimples, scars and blemishes: Its astringent property helps to keep oily skin fresh, smooth and acne-free. Jamun seed powder mixed with turmeric and honey, when applied on the affected skin, shows a considerable effect and helps you to get a glowing skin.
Improves complexion: it contains vitamin C that helps in improving complexion.
These are some of the benefits provided by Jamun. So Indian black berry, i.e. jamun, has so many benefits and should be made a regular part of our diet in one form or the other. When not in season, can be had in the form of juice, seed or bark powder. When in season, it is best to eat it raw. Sometimes, we get bored of eating them, so we can convert them into wonderful dishes like ice cream, sorbet etc.
Since my theme for this week is desserts for diabetics, so I thought of making this low calorie, sugar free Indian black berry ice cream. The berry itself imparts a very beautiful purple color, so I didn’t use any artificial color or flavor.
|Milk ||500 ml|
|Jamun pulp ||½ cup|
|Milk powder ||5 teaspoons|
|Corn flour ||1 teaspoon|
|Non calorie sweetner||6 tablets|
|Chocolate shavings||1 tablespoon|
- Wash and deseed jamun. Grind them to make paste and keep aside.
- Take milk in a heavy bottomed pan and boil it. Reduce the flame and let it simmer on low flame till it gets reduced to half.
- Add milk powder and stir to dissolve.
- Dissolve corn flour in few tablespoons of cold milk to form a paste.
- Put this cornflour paste in milk and stir the mixture continuously to avoid formation of lumps. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Keep aside to cool completely.
- Once cooled, add the jamun pulp and sugar substitute and mix well.
- Pour the mixture into an airtight container and freeze for 6 hours or till semi-set.
- Once set, remove it from freezer, let it be little bit soft, then mix it again using hand mixer till smooth and creamy.
- Add shaved Chocolate and mix it well.
- Transfer it back to the container and keep in refrigerator to freeze.
- Once set, scoop out and serve immediately.
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