Ice apple or Palmyra palm fruits, also known as "Taler Shash" in Bangla make an appearance in the markets during summer. True to their name, ice apples are translucent fruits that have a frosty appearance.
When the mercury rises, these summer fruits become the perfect treats. Ice apples not only cool down the body but also offer many other health benefits for the hot months.
These fruits have a dark brown husk with jelly-like, translucent flesh within. The unhusked fruits resemble lychees and have sweet, juicy flesh and a taste similar to tender coconut.
The Palmyra Palm Fruit grows wild from the Persian Gulf to the Cambodian-Vietnamese border, is commonly cultivated in Asia, Papua New Guinea, Africa and in some warm regions including Hawaii and southern Florida.
Cures liver problem
The greatest health benefit of Ice apple is that it slowly gets rid of liver problems as it cleanses the toxins with the high content of potassium in the fruit.
Heals stomach ailments and digestive problems
If you face stomach ailments like constipation, bloating, and nausea regularly then you should try ice apple because it is an effective natural remedy to cure such issues related to digestion.
Palm fruits or ice apples are very low in calories, making them an ideal food for weight loss. It is also rich in dietary fibre, which ensures satiety and prevents you from overeating.
Ice apples are low in carbohydrates, making them suitable for consumption by diabetes patients. Patients with Diabetes can consume Ice Apples without guilt. A range of nutrients available in palm fruit keeps the immune system strong and healthy.
Good for skin
It is no wonder that Ice Apples can also benefit the skin. Common summer skin issues like rashes and prickly heat can be warded off with Ice Apple consumption.
The flesh of an Ice Apple can be applied to the affected areas to relieve itchiness, which soothes and cools the skin.
Vitamin C in the ice apples is beneficial for skin health. The nutrient helps the skin produce collagen, a protein that helps maintain the form and structure of the skin. Vitamin C also preserves skin health by preventing free radical damage.
it also acts as an anti-ageing agent with all of the powerful nutrients. It thus aids in the reduction of common summer skin problems and heat-related rashes.
Hair loss is common in the summer months because of the dryness it causes to the hair due to the heat. Dealing with hair loss is difficult with the rising temperature. Ice Apples are our saviour to combat this.
The palm fruit keeps the hair from becoming dry and dull. It acts as a natural conditioner and strengthens the hair. Heat-related issues such as split end, early hair greying, sun damage and premature baldness can be easily treated with Ice Apple.
Helps cool the body down
In the summers, when there is significant water and electrolyte loss, ice apples come in handy. These fruits are high in water content so they prevent dehydration. They also replace minerals that are lost through sweat and maintain the electrolyte balance of the body. The sweet fruit also provides energy and prevents heat strokes.
Boosts the immune system
The fruit is high in vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient that strengthens the immune system. Vitamin C supports the cellular functions of the immune system, boosting its ability to fight disease-causing pathogens.