Taste Ka Safarnama: The name of ‘Sitaphal’ is related to Ramayana period, you will be surprised to know interesting things about Sharifa

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Sitaphal has been carved in the Ajanta caves.
Sitaphal is also associated with the Ramayana period.
Sharifa is seen in the market during the winter season.

Swad Ka Safarnama: As much as it looks strange and strange, it is equally delicious and full of properties to eat. This is such a fruit, whose sweetness is of some ‘different kind’ and it cannot be described. But food experts consider it a special fruit. Ayurvedacharya is also a fan of this fruit. This is an exotic fruit, but the surprising thing is that some ancient temples and caves of India have been carved out of sage.

First of all, the custard apple grew in the jungles

Sharifa, (Custard Apple) which is also called Sitaphal in some states of India. Therefore it is also associated with the Ramayana period. It is said that during the exile Mata Sita gave this fruit to Shri Ram to eat, since then its name is Sitaphal. The special thing is that this fruit also looks wild in sight. It’s a big mess. It is not attractive to look at. But its pulp is very sweet from inside and this sweetness is also different.

In India, Sharifa is grown in other states including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar. Image-Canva

Books related to the history of fruits tell that this fruit was actually first grown in the forests and only then it was cultivated. In India it is grown in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh etc. As soon as winter is approaching, it starts appearing in the markets and disappears after two-and-a-half months.

America is its place of origin

Experts related to the history of the fruit believe that the origin of custard apple was 1000 BC in the tropical regions of America, especially Guatemala. There it grew on its own. After seeing its sweetness, American people started growing it. There is also a view that this fruit first grew in the West Indies. Gradually this fruit reached other countries also. Today custard apple is also being cultivated in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Israel, Burma, Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Africa etc.

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Fruit carved in Ajanta caves

There is not much clarity about the origin of this fruit in India. But some evidence suggests that this fruit is being grown in India since ancient times. The author and senior scientist of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Dr. Bishwajit Chaudhary, has informed in his book ‘VEGETABLES’ that there is a mention of this fruit in Ain-Akbari. But it is also said that when the Portuguese came to India, like other fruits and commodities, they also brought Sharifa. They say that the information about this fruit is not visible in the ancient texts of India.

custard apple

The inner part of the custard is white and soft. It is a very sweet and delicious fruit. Image-Canva

Surprisingly, this fruit has been carved in the caves of Ajanta. Apart from this, some ancient temples of Mathura have also been inscribed with the idols of deities.

Special types of compound elements exist

This fruit is considered very beneficial. According to Acharya Balkishan, a well-known Ayurveda specialist who has done extensive research on Indian herbs, fruits and vegetables, the taste of custard apple is different from other fruits. Sitaphal may look a bit rough when viewed from above, but the inner part is white in color, and soft. It is a very sweet and delicious fruit. Due to its color and taste, it becomes a little special from other fruits. He says that Sharifa is such a diet that along with making the body healthy, it is also used for the treatment of many diseases. According to Ayurveda, it can be used for the treatment of many diseases, not just one or two.

On the other hand, food experts also believe that this fruit not only contains minerals and vitamins, but also contains some different types of compound elements which are very beneficial for the body. Antioxidants like flavonoids and carotenoids are found in this fruit, which strengthen the body’s immune system and help in keeping the blood pure. It is beneficial in respiratory problems and also provides relief from diseases like asthma.

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Sharifa is also beneficial in depression

According to food expert and yoga teacher Rama Gupta, its consumption reduces depression. The special ingredients found in it nourish the skin and strengthen the hair. If a person is suffering from high blood pressure, then consumption of custard apple is beneficial for him. Fiber is also found in this fruit, so it keeps the digestive system healthy, as well as cleans the intestines. Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 are also found in it. All these protect the body from infection. Its consumption also makes the muscles healthy. It is to be remembered that its peel and seeds are not eaten, if eaten by mistake, there may be a possibility of stomach pain and vomiting. Excessive consumption of this fruit causes lethargy.

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