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Jambul- a blessing for local tribals

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Also known as Indian wild, berry, Jambul has got greater importance in the human history. The fruit has got it season between Aprils and May. The fruit is considered to have many medicinal properties and become a blessing for many peoples. Largely found in dense forests, Jambul is sold everywhere in India in different names. Karvand is another fruit sold with Jambul, but have many unique properties.

Jambul has also got much religious importance among tribal people. Ripening of the seasonal fruit makes the life of tribal people during summer season. Many tribal women are found selling Jambul in many part of the city. Mostly women are involved in this business, as men going for other works. Tribal women go inside the dense forest, near to the city, and sell those fruits in populated parts in the city.

The Jambul fruit has a wide variety of medicinal uses. It can help to treat piles, diabetes, diarrhoea, dysentery, sterility in females and liver problems. The fruit as such, the leaves, seeds and fruit juice or dried bark are all useful to treat these health issues. Tribal people usually use this fruit for many medical uses, as they trust more on nature than modern medical treatments. The Karvand fruit is a rich source of iron and contains a fair amount of Vitamin C and, therefore, is very useful for cure of anaemia and has ant scorbutic (counteracting scurvy) properties. Mature fruit contains a high amount of pectin and, therefore, besides being used for making pickle, it can be exploited for making jelly, jam, squash, syrup and chutney, which are of great demand in the international market.

Though with great importance, these fruits are sold in very less prices by tribal. They are also exploited by many merchants, who buy fruits from them, in very low prices. But merchants are making better profits than tribal. Thus their hard work goes into vain due to exploitation. Jambul and Karvand are found in forests near to Panvel, Alibag and Uran. Jambul from Alibag is more tasty and bigger is size, thus become a favourite in markets.

Tribal women selling fruits in railway stations, markets and other public places consider the coming of Jambul as blessing. They treat the fruits with greater respect and fear due to religious importance. According to Hindu tradition, Rama subsisted on the fruit in the forest for 14 years during his exile from Ayodhya. Because of this, many Hindus regard Jambul as an ‘fruit of the gods’. Lord Krishna has been described as having skin the colour of Jambul.

Anitha Ashoke Waghe, a Jambul seller in Panvel railway station said, Jambul and Karvand are closely related with our life. Our parents used it as a medicine in various situations. Our caste considers it as a holy fruit. Selling these fruits helps us to run our families. Jambul is sold more due its medicinal properties, though Karvand is sweeter. Every Jambul season brings joy to our life.”

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4 comments on “Jambul- a blessing for local tribals

  1. ladyofthecakes
    May 25, 2013

    How interesting! Does it actually taste nice? Or is it very…erm… ‘medicinal’?

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