Jamun is indigenous to India. The fruit is consumed like a health snack in many parts of the world. It’s loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids essential for a healthy body and mind. Jamun contains glucose and fructose. Its seed contains carbohydrates, protein and calcium in large amount and also consists of iron, vitamins and fiber.
Seeds of Jamun are used by Ayurveda practitioners, herbalists and traditional healers in various formulations. The seeds are usually dried and powdered. Jamun powder is mixed with different herbs and spices to prepare medicinal mixes which are beneficial for various ailments. Bark powder of Jamun tree is mixed with Jamun juice and used as a medicine to cure cough and cold. In several Asian cultures, leaves of Jamun are grounded into a fine paste and given to individuals suffering from dysentery. Leaves of this fruit are also used to treat frequent urine discharge, excessive sweating, and healing wounds.
History of jamun fruit goes a long way. It is believed this exotic fruit has its origins in Neolithic times, when man consumed wild berries, wild plums, and nuts as a staple. In India, Jamun is referred to as the ‘Fruit of Gods’. The fruit is of significant importance in Hindu mythology. During his 14-year exile from Ayodhya, Lord Rama is believed to have eaten several berries and plums including jamun.