Latin name: Syzygium cuminii (Linn.) Skeels, Eugenia jambolana Lam. (Myrtaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Jambu, Rajajambu, Mahajambu, Badijamun, Phadena
Black Plum is available in abundance during the summer months in India. The ripe fruit has been used as a digestive stimulant and a carminative. Traditionally, Black Plums form an integral part of an Ayurvedic remedy to lower blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.
The fruit contains malic acid, which has blood sugar lowering properties. Malic acid also renders the fruit its anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains a small quantity of oxalic acid, gallic acid and tannins, which are antioxidants. Some alkaloids are also present in Black Plum, which give the fruit a bitter flavor. It is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The malic acid in Black Plum is responsible for lowering blood sugar levels.
- The fruit has anti-inflammatory properties, which alleviate joint aches due to rheumatism and arthritis.
- Black Plum also relieves stomach ailments.