Wow one of my childhood favorite fruit has so many benefits. I never knew about it’s benefits, I used to eat it only because of its taste. Every year after my marriage I used to prepare its pickle. It just tastes wow(mouth watering). In my childhood my badi mummy(taiji) used to prepare it and I watched her every step and help her too just because of the greediness of eating it. But all the steps just printed out in my mind. I had so much carving of ber fruit and its pickle in my pregnancy period. That was the first time I tried my hand in preparing its pickle.
It is known in different places with different names and can be found in the market from November to March.
Hindi name – Ber,
Telugu name- Regu chettu
Tamil name – Ilandai
English Name: Indian Jujube, ber, Chinee apple, jujube, Indian plum
Kannada name – Bore hannu, Bore mara
Firstly go through its benefits so that you feel the urge of eating it and preparing its Khataa meetha pickle at home.
It contains 20 to 30% sugar, up to 2.5% protein and 12.8% carbohydrates.
Ber fruits are also known to contain 18 of the 24 essential amino acids that the body needs. This is probably why it was used in an ancient Indian and Chinese herbal medicine and still continues to be a prominent part of Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.
Ber fruit is known to prevent cancer. It is full of anti-oxidant.
It has no carbohydrates or fats and are abundant in fiber. This makes them highly nutritional while not adding to weight when eaten as snacks. Therefor good for loosing weights.
It boost our immune system, keep our teeth,bones and muscles healthy.
Ber fruit is known to aid with digestion and absorption. People suffering from digestive problem, constipation and flatulence can take this fruit for relief. In case of diarrhea avoid it.
It keeps the skin healthy and young, sooth the sore throat, sooth the nervous system.
0 Side effects:
There are no known side effects with Ber fruit and its tree parts. Its fruits are commonly consumed during pregnancy, lactating mothers and by children.
- Carry ber pickle while traveling, it prevents vomiting if journey doesn’t suits you.
- Ber pickle can be taken after lunch, it helps in digestion.
Ber fruit are available for shorter period, hence preparing its pickle can helps us to be in tough with it for longer period and the ingredients I have added to it also helps in digestion.
Now its time to focus on its recipe
Ber fruit -1kg(increase quantity according to requirement)
Salt, rock salt,black salt – take 1/2tsp all of three
Roasted cumin seeds powder – 1tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
black pepper powder -1/2tsp
Jaggery/gud powder – 1tbsp (if you have jaggery pieces, just grate it)
Sugar – 1tbsp (you can replace sugar with 1tbsp of jaggery)
mustard oil – 2tsp(optional)
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Method of preparation
Firstly wash ber fruit well and sun dry it completely. Now remove its tinka (black color thin pipe at the top of the fruit)from every single fruit.
Cut it from both sides with knife.
Add all the ingredients(except mustard oil) to it and mix well.
4.Now sun dry it atleast for a week after covering it with net. Net prevents the pickle from flies and dust.
5. Mix it well 2 to 3 times in a day when it is under sun light. Sugar and jaggery melts and mixed well in this period. After 3 to 4 days you can add just 1 to 2 tsp of mustard oil, this will increase its life, make it shiny, non sticky and more healthy and tasty.
6.When its stickiness gone completely, it is ready to preserve for more than a year.😀
You can see the change in color when it is ready to be preserved. Now I am going to enjoy it yupieee💃.
Now it is ready to parcel, one bottle for my dear sister-in law and the other one is for my 2 naughty brothers. Three of us just loved its taste.
Hope I am able to explain it well, still for any doubt feel free to ask me. Write your doubt in the comment section.
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