What Is Bael Fruit?
This fruit, also known as the Wood Apple, is native to India but can also be found in Southeast Asia. It is considered as a sacred tree for Hindu’s due to its medicinal benefits stemming back to 2000BC and its ability to grow in places that other trees cannot.
Bael Fruit has a hard woody shell that can only be cracked using a machete or hammer. It takes about 11 months to ripen on the tree and can grow to the size of a grapefruit.
Benefits Of The Bael Fruit
Gastrointestinal problems: cures problems such as constipation, stomach aches, stomach ulcers or excess acid.
Antimicrobial properties: the essential oils of the bael fruit are effective against 21 types of bacteria. Researchers have found that extracts of this fruit has anti viral and anti fungal properties.
Inhibits bacteria adherence to the gut
Anti-inflammatory properties that help the healing of mouth ulcers and infections in the body.
Diarrhea and Hemorrhoids
Aid with respiratory problems such as asthma by using the oil extracts of this fruit.
How To Use Bael Fruit
You can find dried bael in local Asian groceries, in particular Thai and Indian grocers. They’re inexpensive ranging from $4 - $6 for a good-sized bag. Health food stores and vitamin shops carry bael fruit essential oils and extracts.
To make bael fruit tea on the stove, place 2 slices of the dried bael fruit in a pot with 4 cups of water. Boil for 5 mins.
Alternatively, you can make this tea in the microwave by first placing the dried bael in a small cup with water ¼ filled. Place in microwave for 1 minute on HIGH. Add boiling water to fill the cup.
The tea has an orangey color and a soft woody taste. You can have this tea hot or iced.