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Chalta Fruit

Chalta or elephant apple is a fruit that is said to be native to China, a fruit that is also said to possess tonic and laxative properties, and is used for abominal pains. The bark and leaves are astringent. 

 

Rubbing the fruit’s gummy substance in the scalp is believed to treat dandruff and hair shedding.

 

The fruit of the elephant apple tree is enclosed in a hard husk, which must be cracked to get at the fruit.

 

This can be accomplished by hurling the fruit at a hard surface or by using a hammer to crack the husk open.

 

The thiamine, riboflavin, and beta-carotene make it an important ingredient in medicines for the heart and liver.

 

Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium like chalta as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.

 

Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.

 

The fruit is eaten in both ripe and unripe stages, and it is common in chutneys and other pickled dishes.

 

The fruit comes into season in the fall months, depending on the region, with maturity in October and November in Malaya and a longer harvesting period, October through March, in India.

 

It is a dense tree that prefers full sun or very light shade and has dark green, toothed, leathery leaves.

 

The elephant apple tree has a core of a few branches reaching up and long drooping branches returning to the earth.

 

Elephant apple fruit is good to purify blood and it helps to cure anaemic conditions.

 

Powdered wood apple taken with sugar candy strengthens the body with fresh energy and is very effective for treating anaemia.

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