The health benefits of Bel Fruit or Wood Apple include relief from constipation, indigestion, peptic ulcer, piles, respiratory problems, diarrhea, and dysentery.It also boosts the immune system, fights off bacterial and viral infections, reduces inflammation and various inflammatory conditions, prevent cancer, increases milk production for nursing mothers, cures diabetes, increases ocular health, and helps prevent various sexual dysfunctions.

 Wood Apple is one of the edible fruits native toIndia and parts of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka andsoutheast Asia east to Java. These fruits are grown throughout India and can becultivated along both peninsulas of the country.  These plants can survivein dry regions with minimum water requirement. Wood apple has excellent healthbenefits along with some religious use. Most of the people grow as side crop byplanting on borders. Wood apple is not cultivated as commercial crop in India.However, Maharashtra grows some of the larger, sweeter varieties on large scale.Currently, wood apple is also grown in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, and otherparts of Southeast Asia. Farmers in dry regions with less rainfall can opt forthis crop. Wood apple belongs to genus of Limonia; in the family;Rutaceae;.When it comes to its plant and fruit description, wood apple or Limoniaacidissima is a large tree with long leaves, a hard berry fruit and an innersticky brown pulp. The wood apple fruit is round to oval, 5-12 cm wide, with ahard, woody, grayish-white, scurfy rind about 6 mm thick. These trees can begrown in any waste lands or back yards. In south India, this fruit hassignificant religious importance in Ganesh  chaturthi. Bael leaves areused as sacred offering to ‘Lord Shiva’. Some people use them for culinary(cooking) purpose as well.

 

 

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