Fruits, leaves, roots.
Wax apple fruits have different applications. They are used for therapeutic as well as culinary purpose and you can also consume the ripened fruits raw out-of-the-hand. In traditional medicine, these fruits are used to treat several diseases. The fruits possess astringent, anti-microbial, diuretic, carminative, and anti-scorbutic properties. While the leaves, fruits and seeds of wax apple are used to reduce fever, the roots of this herb possess diuretic properties. Consuming wax apple fruits during summer is particularly helpful, because they not only satiate thirst, but also keep the body well hydrated. These fruits also help to avoid sunstroke and help us to get rid of all the negative consequences of dehydration. They are comforting for the stomach as well as the intestines when you eat them with a pinch of salt. In traditional Chinese medicine, the flowers of wax apple are employed to cure diarrhea and fever. The flowers of this herb possess astringent properties. There are several other health benefits of consuming wax apple fruits. They are employed to cure high blood pressure (hypertension), in addition to several inflammatory conditions like sore throat. Vescalagin, a chemical compound found in wax apple, has anti-hyper triglyceridemic and anti-hyperglycemic activities, which are helpful in bringing down the blood sugar as well as triglyceride levels. It has been seen that jambu (wax apples are often referred to by this name as they contain an alkaloid called jambosine) has anti-fungal and antibiotic activities against Candida, Staphylococcus aureus, and mycobacterium smegmatis. It has been found that an extract obtained from the leaves of wax apple has immune-modulatory effects. In addition, the wax apple fruit has been employed in the form of an anticonvulsant as well as a sedative. The antimicrobial property of the fruit is effective in treating the herpes virus. It also acts to inhibit the release of histamine. As the rose-hued wax apple fruits contain high levels of dietary fiber, they are helpful in ensuring the health of our digestive system and, at the same time, are effective in preventing constipation. An alkaloid, known as jambosine, is found in the barks and roots of the wax apple tree. Many of the health benefits offered by this tree, especially its fruits, are attributed to this alkaloid, which is very useful for people suffering from diabetes. This compound possesses the aptitude to lower the level of blood sugar. This attribute of wax apple is significant considering the fact that the pancreas of diabetic patients does not function normally. While scientists are still studying the health benefits of jambosine, it is worth mentioning here that the glycemic index of wax apples is very low, making it one among the small number of fruits, counting apples and grapefruits, which are beneficial for people with diabetes. The fruits of wax apple are beneficial for all, not just people with diabetes. These fruits are said to be beneficial for the health of our liver, blood and brains. Some people also use the leaves and seeds of this herb therapeutically to treat asthma and fever. You may also use the juice of wax apple as a substitute for pharmaceutical diuretics. On the other hand, the seeds of this fruit may be employed to cure diarrhea. While wax apples offer several health benefits, they should be consumed cautiously. Eating too many wax apple fruits may result in itchiness or inflammation of the throat, thereby causing coughing. It is ideal to eat just three to four wax apple fruits in a day. Aside from being beneficial for people with diabetes, wax apple fruits are useful for everyone as they contain several nutrients. Including these palatable fruits in our daily diet enhances its nutritional value. Intake of vinegar prepared from wax apple may be effective in putting off kidney stone formation. At the same time, these fruits are helpful for the digestive process, in addition to lowering the cholesterol levels.
Aside from their therapeutic uses, wax apple fruits are also used for culinary purposes. People inhabiting the several islands in the Indian Ocean often use wax apple fruits in salads. They also use the fruit in delicately saut�ed dishes. Wax apples are also common in India's East Godavari district located in Andhra Pradesh. These plants are mostly found growing in the arid lands of Rajanagaram mandal, areas surrounding the G. Donthamuru village. In the local dialect, Telugu, wax apple fruits are referred to as kammari kayalu. In addition to Andhra Pradesh, you can also find wax apple trees in India's Kerala, where the fruit is known as Chambakka or Champakka. While people usually consume ripened wax apples raw in the form of a fruit, sometimes they are also utilized for making pickles. Wax apple fruits are also utilized for making vinegar as well as wine. The juice extracted from the ripened fruits is used for making jelly, jam, different types of sauces and a variety of beverages. Aside from consuming ripe wax apple fruits raw, you can also use them in the form of salad dressings. Alternatively, you can also dip the fruits in fairly sweet and spicy sauces. However, these pink-hued fruits are more succulent as well as tasty when you eat them raw out-of-hand. In fact, they are more suited for this purpose. People in Malaya eat the unripe greenish wax apple fruits raw with a pinch of salt. Sometimes they also cook the unripe fruits like a sauce. In addition, these fruits are mixed with real apples to prepare a stew.
Wax apple (Syzygium samarangense) plants belong to the family Myrtaceae. This species has its origin in an area which comprises the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sunda Islands and Peninsula. However, in ancient times, this species was introduced to many other regions, as a result of which this plant is now cultivated extensively in the tropical regions across the world. You can cultivate these plants for aesthetic purposes as well as commercially.
Wax apple fruits contain several nutrients, which offer us various health benefits. For instance, these fruits supply us with vitamin C, protein, and dietary fiber. In addition, they are also a natural resource for some essential minerals like calcium and iron. The best thing about wax apple fruits is that they do not contain any sugar or saturated fat. On the other hand, wax apple fruits also contain very small amounts of sodium. The roots and barks of this tree contain an alkaloid known as jambosine. Moreover, these fruits also contain elevated amounts of polyphenols and flavonoids.