Here are nine wonder berries of India and we'll help you know them a little better:
1. Mulberry (Shahtoot)
Succulent, refreshing, tart and sweet mulberries or shahtoot are seasonal beauties. Mulberries are the fruits from the Morus Alba trees that grow in warmer regions. The primary grower of the berry is Karnataka. According to the book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, "Mulberries are an ancient fruit with a long tradition of use as a medicine, including as a tonic for the whole body. They protect against eye damage and act as a sedative." Mulberry is a powerhouse of nutrients and is a great source of protein, iron, calcium, niacin, fiber, and vitamin A, C, E and K. Mulberries are known as blood cleansers as they improve the blood circulation in your body.
2. Grape (Angoor)
3. Gooseberry (Amla)
4. Cape gooseberry (Rasbhari)
6. Kanta Berry (Kanntam)
This rare berry which is also known as kanntam originates from the Konkan region. Kanta berry is a tiny purple colored fruit and has a white sticky substance on the skin. "It is also found in yellow color and are generally eaten raw as a fruit and not cooked. It has a pungent taste, a lot similar to amla," shares Health Expert Shilpa Arora.
7. Zara Berry
Zara berry is primarily grown in Goa and is sold in the local markets. It is a blackish-purple fruit with green seeds inside. The fruit is sweet tasting. The inner green seeds are known to be eaten as a delicacy in Goa. According to Nutritionist Shilpa Arora, the health benefits of zara berries may be similar to that of jamuns because of the dark purple color that they have and the presence of antioxidants. The flavonoids help control diabetes, blood pressure and keep your cholesterol levels in check.