One fascinating aspect of Mother Nature is her myriad ways of taking care of the living beings that inhabit the earth. During the summer season we can see plenty of cucumber, water melon, tender coconut, ice apple etc everywhere that help human beings combat the ill effects of the soaring temperature of a hot summer.
|Freshly cut Ice Apple cluster|
During summer you can find clusters of palmyra fruit in the tree hanging down below the palm leaves. They have a thick violet black husk. The top greenish covering is cut to reveal the three sockets in which the fruit is located. The jelly has a tender brownish-yellow skin. Watery fluid is found inside the jelly which has excellent cooling properties.
The fruits of the palmyra palm grow in clusters. The tender, pale white, translucent jelly like fruit is seasonal
and can be found in plenty in summer. Ice
apple is rich in vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, thiamin,
riboflavin etc. Children love ice apple
for its taste and softness. Pregnant
women can overcome constipation and related difficulties with the help of ice
apple. Dieters who are on a weight loss
regimen can take ice apple. It does not
contain fat or carbohydrates.
|Ice Apple with skin|
Seasonal problems like prickly heat affect children and grownups alike in summer. Ice apple is an excellent remedy for prickly heat. This has been my personal experience. In my childhood days I was prone to prickly heat of the summer. Come the month of April and my chest and back would be covered with prickly heat. My mom used to coat me with a thin layer of ice apple jelly. The soothing effect of the ice apple provided an immediate relief to that nasty itch. This application was continued for two to three days and the prickly heat boils would vanish in no time.
|Ice Apple skin removed|
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