Rose Apple is a South East Asian fruit indigenous to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Indian subcontinent. It is known by various other names as water apple, Jamaican apple, wax jambu and bell fruit. It is a bell shaped fruit that might be red, yellow or green in color. It shows resemblance to guava and not rose or apple as the name suggests. Ripened rose apple is crisp from outside with sweet and slightly bitter flavor. It has its distinct flavor, fragrance and texture different from guava or apple.
Rose apple tree is of
average height which grows in heavy rainfall regions. It is considered as an
ornamental tree and its wood is used for making tools. The tree also exhibits
amazing benefits to numerous health conditions. Rose apple can be eaten raw
like an apple
or can be used in
various food preparations like jams and jellies and exotic desserts.
Nutritional Facts of Rose AppleRose apple is highly rich in nutrients
like protein, fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin A
and vitamin C. Its bark contains an
alkaloid compound Jambosine, which has therapeutic properties against diabetes.
Organic compounds like betulinic acid and friedelolactone are also present in
it. Rose apples contain negligible cholesterol and sodium that make them even
Rose apples benefit health in numerous ways. From being preventive against diabetes to increasing immunity and treating digestive problems and infections it does it all. Its multitude of health benefits makes it a wholesome and healthy fruit. Here are some of the health benefits of rose apple:
- Help digestion: Rose apple is abundant in dietary fiber content preventing constipation and bloating. It maintains proper gut health keeping serious conditions at bay. Seeds
of rose apple are also beneficial to treat diarrhea. Dietary fibers present in
rose apple help to control obesity and
maintain body weight.
- Manage diabetes: An organic compound Jambosine, found in rose apple, is found to be very effective against diabetes. It is an alkaloid that regulates the conversion of starch into sugar controlling the sugar levels in the body and helping the people with reduced pancreatic activity as in the case of diabetes. Further a low glycemic index of rose apple aids in lowering the sugar levels making it beneficial for diabetics.
- Cleanse liver and kidney: Rose apples are found to have diuretic properties. Its decoction and
juice are useful for clearing liver and kidneys from toxic substances. It
removes the toxic substances from the body maintaining overall health and
improving organ functioning.
- Boost immunity: Rose apple is a good immune booster attributing to a large amount of
vitamins and minerals present in it. Vitamin C protects against microbial
infections and vitamin A increases body immunity effectively. Other essential
nutrients like iron and calcium keep body strong and healthy protecting against
various infectious diseases.
- Healthy skin: Vitamin C being an antioxidant keeps cells healthy by protecting cells
and tissues from oxidative damages. Rose apple also protect against bacterial
and fungal infections maintaining a healthy and beautiful skin. It makes gums and teeth strong
and also maintains good eye health.
- Maintain cardiovascular health: Rose apples are high on nutrient profile. Its rich nutrient blend and plentiful dietary fiber content helps to maintain cardiovascular health. Antioxidants and high potassium levels regulate the cholesterol levels preventing the risk of many life-threatening conditions such as heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). It prevents deposition of cholesterol on arterial walls protecting against atherosclerosis which is the prime reason for coronary heart disease and stroke.
- Prevent cancer: Attributing to the vitamin content in rose apple, researchers confirm
its potential in protection against different cancers. Vitamin A and C are
effective against the development of tumors and cancer cells. Thus adding rose
apple to your daily diet effectively reduces the risk of cancer.
- Rose apple is good for pregnant women as it fulfills iron and vitamin deficiency in the body.
- Its seed and leaves are used for treating asthma and fever.
- Rose apples improve brain health and increase cognitive abilities.
- They are also effective against epilepsy, smallpox and inflammation in joints.
Be Cautious Before You Consume
Some varieties of rose apple may be hazardous to health as they may contain trace amounts of cyanide in them. One must avoid eating seeds and leaves in excess as they may prove harmful after an extent. Over consumption of rose apple may also result in itchy throat and coughing. So eat only the right amount of it so as to prevent its negative effects.
Rose Apple and Shrimp Salad
- 5 rose apples, sliced
- 1 tbsp dried shrimp, chopped
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp chili paste
- Black pepper to sprinkle
Vegetables like capsicum and bell peppers can also be added to the salad.
- Mix sliced rose apple to chopped shrimp.
- Add lemon juice and chili paste.
- Mix well.
- Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper.