The Delectable Exotic Drink
Besides its delicious flavor and enticing aroma, this exotic fruit is considered as herbal and known for its therapeutic effects and health benefits.
Have you ever heard about this fruit? The first time I heard about this is when a friend sent me a picture of its dried product in a plastic packaging. She asked me If I know the name of this dried fruit because the label and product information are all written in Thai words. She might be thinking that I am familiar with this product because I am in Thailand. She sounds delighted with its taste and my curiosity to know the name of this fruit ended up googling in the net and then I found myself looking for this product in the supermarket, and finally having this in my top 3 tea favorites.
Bael is a fruit-bearing tree that can be found in the Indian subcontinent and South Asia. It produces a sweet aromatic fruit and has several names or varieties. The fruit can either be eaten fresh from trees or after being dried. This can be produced into candy, toffee, pulp powder, nectar, or simply as a dried fruit.
Fresh fruit juice is strained and sweetened by adding sugar or honey, and can also be mixed with other flavors. The leaves and shoots are eaten as salad and the dried fruit can be taken as tea. The leaves, bark, roots, fruits, and seeds are used in traditional medicine to treat various illnesses although this has not been confirmed to be clinically effective and safe.
According to some studies, Bael fruit has vitamin C, beta-carotene, and some B-vitamins. It also provides some potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and iron. Bael is used for treatment of digestive issues and it combat infections from viruses, fungi, and bacteria. It has been said that extracts from the seeds reduces gastric juice volume and acidity in animal studies and it appears that extracts from Bael seeds appear to promote healing from ulcers. Bael fruit is also known to induce diarrhea, protect stomach, fight skin infections, reduce cancer risk, and can aid diabetes management. There are also studies related to its benefits for blood, heart, hair, respiratory anomalies, controlling cholesterol and a lot more.
Sources of information: verywellfit.com , netmeds.com
· Take 2 slices of dried Bael, wash and dry with paper towel
· Boil dried Bael into 1 liter of water for at least 10 minutes
· Add some sugar or honey to taste (optional)
· Strain or filter to remove fruit skin and seed particles
· Serve either cold or hot