White jamun or wax jambu, a variant of the black plum or black jamun. White Jamun is a summer fruit that is tasty as well as healthy. White Jamun is better known by a plethora of English names including wax apple, love apple, java apple, Semarang rose-apple, and wax jambu. It is also known as bell fruit because of its bell-like shape, and water apple. Not many are aware of this unique fruit and how to add it to your diet. It is rich in essential nutrients and can perfectly fit into your summer diet. Just like several other summer fruits, while Jamun has a high water content that can keep you hydrated in the summer.
White Jamun is rather fast growing 40 - 60 ft in height and has an erect trunk to 15 ft - its evergreen leaves are opposite short petioled elliptic lanceolate or oblanceolate soft leathery dark green and about 15 - 45 cm long, 9 - 20 cm wide. Flowers are mildly fragrant and borne on the upper trunk and along leafless portions of mature branches in short stalked cluskrs of 5 - 7.5 cm wide.
- Fruit is greenish white. Sometimes gets a rose tinge on maturity.
This lesser-known fruit is found in a lot of Ayurvedic, Unani, and Chinese medicines and is known to treat most of the digestive problems. White jamun is great for diabetics too, as it helps to improve blood sugar control. The seeds are rich in calcium and also high in protein. The fruit also helps in reducing throat infections and respiratory diseases. Regular intake of white jamun also helps fight flatulence.