Bel or bael is a popular summer fruit. Many people like this fruit whereas there are many people who do not like this fruit. The outer surface of this fruit is very hard. That is why it is also called bel pathar (stone). It is very nutritious too. It helps to control body temperature during summer days. Leaves of this tree are used in various puja in Hindu culture & religious practices. There is always a bel tree in the area of shiva mandir. Most of you have definitely notice this. This tree is very beneficial too. Various parts of this tree has many medicinal values. It is a common tree in Indian subcontinent, Malaysia, Thailand etc. Many people use its pulp to make refreshing drink. Its sundried pulp is used to make candy. You might have tried that too. But do you know what is bel in English? Do you know what is called bel pathar fruit in English?
The scientific name of bel is Aegle marmelos.
It is known as stone apple or wood apple in English.
Bael or bel is also called as Bengal quince or golden apple.
Benefits of wood apple (Bel in English)
It has many usage in Ayurveda. Modern science also claims many nutritious values as well as medicinal values of wood apple. It contains many vitamins as well as minerals.
But traditionally we are often consume this fruit for various purposes.
- It is often consume during summer days because it is said that it helps us to feel refresh and maintain body temperature.
- Whenever anybody has constipation or digestion problem in the family. It becomes a regular fruit for atleast next 2-3 days. It is said that it helps in digestion.
- If anybody has any kidney or lever issues, senior people of the family advise him/her to eat wood apple. It is said that it remove toxins from blood.
- Traditionally it is consumed by the people who are suffering from diabetes.
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Usage of wood apple (bel pathar fruit in English)
Do you like wood apple? Many people do not like it. You can not eat it fresh like any other fruit (mango, guava, chickoo etc). I use ripe wood apple to make delicious drinks.
Bel sharbat is my favorite during summer season. Such drink also known as bael pana in West Bengal and bela pana in Odisha. Though nowadays people forget such traditional drink because they love carbonated soft drink more. But this bael sharbat is healthier as well as refreshing. But nowadays people think it is much difficult to make such sharbat at home. So they prefer to buy soft drink from the shop.
I often make another drink with ripe wood apple pulp. That is wood apple lassi. I love it. If you did not try it then should try it.