The fruit of the bael (Wood Apple) and the bilva tree are wonderful in characteristics. It is an Indian fruit and in ancient texts it has been called divine fruit. The reason for this is that
It is so beneficial for the body, especially the digestive system, that there is hardly any other fruit. It is one of those special fruits, which is also worshiped. The vine is adorable in spite of having a different taste.
Bael is one of the oldest fruits
Bael is one of the oldest fruits of India. For this reason, it is described a lot in ancient religious and Ayurvedic texts. Apart from the vine, its tree, even the leaves have been characterized and are said to be revered. Talking about the origin of the vine, there is no doubt that it is an Indian tree and for thousands of years it is found in the foothills of the Himalayas, dry mountainous areas, apart from central and south India, as well as in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar. Apart from this, its trees grow in abundance in countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand etc. When Buddhist scholar Xuanzang arrived in India from China in AD 633, when he returned to China, he took and translated many books on Sanskrit, Buddhist philosophy and Indian thought. For this he also thanked the then powerful king Harsha. He has also described Bael as an Indian fruit. He has translated about 657 books.
It is an Indian tree and for thousands of years it is found in the foothills of the Himalayas, dry mountainous areas, apart from central and south India.
Bel fruit has religious significance
First of all, if we talk about the religious and spiritual characteristics of Bael fruit, then the characteristics of fruits, trees and leaves have been described in other scriptures including Shiv Purana. For the worship of Lord Shiva, his blessings and attainment of worldly happiness, Bel fruit and Belpatra are said to be best. In religious texts, the Bel tree is said to be the form of Lord Shiva. Bel tree is also a symbol of prosperity. It is also believed that Goddess Lakshmi resides in its tree. Another feature of the vine is that the old yellowed fruits attached to the tree turn green again after a year. The specialty of leaves is that if you keep them plucked, they remain as they are for six months.
vine is beneficial for health
In the ancient Indian Ayurvedic text ‘Charakasamhita’, Bel (Bilb) has been described as conqueror of cough. The vine is aliphatic, hot and pungent and ignites the gastritis. South India
The commander and poet Chauvundaraya (940-989 AD, present-day Karnataka) of Kamusaraya, also counted the many medicinal properties of Belfal and described it as a special fruit. He has called Bael’s sherbet very beneficial. They also say that the shade of its tree gives coolness and makes the body and mind healthy.
Vitamin C, calcium, fiber, protein and iron are also found in abundance in the fruit of Bael.
Bael is full of vitamins. Its consumption keeps the digestive system fine, which provides effective relief from problems like indigestion and constipation. According to dietician and home chef Simmi Babbar, vitamins and nutrients are found in abundance in the fruit of Bael. The tannin and pectin elements present in the bael are extremely beneficial mainly in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery. Apart from this, vitamin C, calcium, fiber, protein and iron are also found in high quantity in the fruit of Bael. Bael marmalade also increases the body’s immunity and provides coolness to the body. It is advisable to eat bael murabba in case of jaundice. According to Simmi, excessive consumption of bael can cause harm. Overeating leads to abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and constipation.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 28, 2022, 08:33 IST