Wood apple is native to India but is also found in other South Asian countries. It is called by different names in different places. In India it is called Bael and also Kaith. One of our readers, Gogi Singh shared this very interesting information on the wood apple with us:
“I like ‘kaith’ for its raw tangy taste when eaten raw and ripe straight from the tree, and we roast it on ‘upland’ or ‘kandas ‘ for stomach clean. As for ‘beal’ we usually drink its juice made at home, to soothe our digestive system. It has a slippery sweet taste with a touch of bitterness! The ‘kaith ‘ is more tough to crack than ‘beal’, that is what I found.”
Elephant apple, curd fruit and monkey fruit are its other common names. Elephants love wood apples as much as Indians love this delicious fruit!
The health benefits of wood apples are innumerable. Here are a few:
- Relieves constipation and piles
- Improves digestion
- Cures ulcers
- Boosts immunity
- Fights infection
- Reduces inflammation
- Prevents cancer
- Stabilises blood sugar
- Improves eyesight
and many more!
All parts of the wood apple tree are effective against snake bites! The fruit pulp, leaf, root and bark of the tree are known to have anti-venom qualities.
The best thing about the wood apple is its awesome taste but you will need a hammer to break the outer shell to get to the fruit! Have you as a kid tried to break the wood apple with a big stone or thrown it to the ground? May be it’s time to relive those memories. Grab a wood apple now and enjoy the taste and its health benefits!