The wild fruit of our region : Jungle Jalebi

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We are surrounded by one of the oldest mountain range known as Arawali. It is mainly a tribal area. It is famous for its biodiversity. In the nearby jungle, there are various types of wild fruits grown naturally. Some fruits are edible to human while many are the favourite of fruit-eating birds.

As early as summer started, this unique fruit also starts growing on the trees. Although due to the deforestation, now its trees do not remain as many as before, but still the tribal people around our city harvest it from the forest and come to sell it in the cities.

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A tribal man selling Jungle Jalebi

This fruit is nothing but called Jungle Jalebi or Keekar in the local language. Today when I saw this in the market a thought came to my mind to share it with Hive friends!

Its name Jungle Jalebi is originated from its source and shape. Here Jungle means forest and Jalehi is a spiral shape dessert similar to the shape of this fruit.

In English, it is known as Manila Tamarind, Madras Thorn, Monkey Pod and Camachile. In botany, the scientific terminology is Pithecellobium dulce.

As it is a tropical fruit so I am not aware either it is available in your area or not.

Being a wild fruit it is completely free from any pesticides and completely organic. Not only it has a distinct taste (ripen fruit pulp is sweet and a little bit tart flavoured.) but also contains a lot of nutrients.

Proteins, fats, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin etc. are found in plenty in this fruit. Dysentery is treated with the the decoction of its tree bark. It is also used in skin diseases, diabetes and eye irritation. The juice of the leaves also acts as a pain reliever and is effective in sexually transmitted diseases.

I bought this fruit today, it just costs about 1$ per kilogram.

Here have a close look at this wild fruit.

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Do you have this wild fruit available in your region? What do you call it in your language?

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Hi we have this in Phuket. Actually are two trees next to my house and I've just learned about these. Tasty because not too sweet. I've spent lots of time in India around the tribal people mostly in Orissa and the Andamans. What area are you in? Very interesting cultures...

I am from Rajasthan state in India. Have you ever been here in Rajasthan?

Ah yes a few times. Absolutely beautiful state. I went to the normal tourist places in 2000 but later on went to some less known areas. Really lovely. But this time of year is a bit hot? :)

I guess you must have visited Udaipur as it is a well-known tourist destination in Rajasthan. Yes, now the summer season has started so mercury is rising!

Ah yes I was there :) Was really nice... Stay cool.

We have a lot of trees like that in the Philippines and it was a wild trees in our place! We called that "KAMACHILE". 🙂


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It is really interesting to know the name of it in your language, thanks!

You're welcome... (^_^)


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Nice, I haven't seen it ever. Thanks for sharing!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for stopping by!

I have not seen this since my child hood. Tasted this last when I was in class five, my father was posted near a forest area that time. But never seen this since then, I would like to taste it again, if I find.

This a problem related to deforestation. We are losing so many such treasures.

Never saw this fruit before...🤓

It is grown only in the tropical regions.

Yeah, but there are so many tropical fruits in the supermarkets... not this one.

I live in Venezuela, and here the climate could be suitable for the planting of this fruit, however I have not seen it here. I really liked the explanation you give of its use and how it represents a fundamental part of the tribal economy of the area, and your photos are very beautiful. Greetings.

It is a tropical fruit. Is Venezuela a tropical country?
Thanks for your appreciation!

Hello! Yes, Venezuela is a tropical country.