There are several types of apples that is cultivated around the world and as they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so, every variety is important for our health.
One of these apples is Rose Apple, even though this apple does not look like an apple or have anything to do with a rose, it still has the name apple to it.
Native to Malaysia and the East Indies and was introduced to Jamaica in 1762, this little apple is loved by everyone especially children. A red pear shaped fruit, considered a tonic for the brain and liver in India and can be used as a food but is popularly consumed raw and is known to have countless health benefits.
A member of the Myrtle family, rose apple is enriched with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, with a tasty skin and crunchy flesh, the seed cannot be consumed but does have some benefits too when grounded to powder.
According to various researches, rose apple is enriched with thiamin, calcium, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, fiber and is very low in fat and calories.
This delicious and nutritious fruit can be consumed at any time of the day either with breakfast or a lunchtime snack, an infusion of the fruit acts as a diuretic, it is known to prevent a variety of cancers like breast and prostate, treats diabetes, aids digestion, prevents tooth decay, prevents gum disease, good for constipation, beneficial for weight loss and also helps to maintain a healthy weight, controls heart rate, reduces cholesterol among many more benefits.
Rose apple has the taste of a rose petal hence the name rose apple, the seeds are sometimes grounded into powder and is used to cure cataracts because it contains anesthetic properties.
The rose apple is a seasonal fruit which is available mostly in the summer time, the powder from the grounded seed can also control asthma and relieve fever. It has also been claimed that the leaves and flowers are a good remedy to treat itchiness while the root can be used to treat epilepsy.
With that said, on a warm summer day when you see a rose apple, don’t hesitate to have one, you may be just preventing a disease.