Ice Apple and its Health Benefits

What is an Ice apple?

It’s a seasonal fruit available during the hot summer months from May to September and is known to have originated in India.

two ice apples kept on a brown surface.

It iseveral names in different states of India, like taati munjali in Telugu, taati nungu in Tamil, and Tadgola in Marathi and Hindi. However, the botanical name is Borassus flabellifer. 

The fruit is said to have originated in India but is now widely cultivated in other Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Srilanka, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

It needs a tropical climate to grow. It has a purplish exterior that relates to an eggplant. However, the translucent, pale white flesh within resembles a fresh aloe, and the tase is almost similar to coconut water.

A 100g of ice apple contains a high 87% water, 8g of protein, and 1g of fiber. It is also rich in iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.

It contains almost negligible amounts of fats and carbs.

How to consume Ice Apple?

Ice apple is loaded with water. Hence it’s advisable to consume it once the outer shell is removed.

It is highly perishable, and storing it may change the color and taste of the fruit as the sugar inside starts to break and ferment.

Health benefits of Ice Apple

1. Acts as a Body coolant –

two dark brown ice apples clicked on a white background

Ice apples keep your body and mind well hydrated during the crazy summer months as they are extremely high in water content.

The topical application of the flesh of ice apple helps heal sunburns or heat rashes.

2. Treat Digestive issues – The fruit has an excellent balance of vitamins and minerals needed for the body. Traditionally people used it to clear the stomach as a laxative and treat digestive issues.

3. Low-calorie fruit – It is an excellent low-calorie fruit for weight-watchers or those following a low-calorie diet.

Ice apple is extremely low in calories; however, it holds an excellent nutrition profile required for the body in a low-calorie diet.

4. Prevents fatigue – Ice apple contains minerals like potassium and sodium, which help balance the fluid and electrolyte levels in the body, hence stopping the body from being fatigued.