Summer Fruits: Tadgola (Ice apple) and Neera

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Tadgola (ice apple) and neera

Ice apples or tadgolas are available across coastal regions of India during summer. The fleshy and juicy fruit of the sugar palm tree is probably the only thing you need to eat on a hot sunny summer afternoon. It is translucent and pale white in colour and resembles a lychee in texture. The fruit is called tadgola in Marathi and Hindi, Nungu is Tamil and Taati Munjali in Telugu.

Not just the fruit, the sap from the trunk is also very healthy and refreshing. The sap/ juice that is collected early in the morning has a sweet sugary taste. It is usually sold as a refreshing drink and is also called by different names in different states. Nira in Maharashtra, Thaati Kallu in Telugu and PathaNeer in Tamil. The sap that is collected in the afternoon or evening is fermented and is sour or astringent in taste and is sold as raw liquor.

Here are 8 reasons you need to add this fruit to your summer diet:

  1. Excellent coolant that naturally hydrates the body

Scorching days of summer can be quite uncomfortable and cause dehydration. In such a situation, ice apples have a cooling effect on one’s body and can help combat dehydration naturally.

  1. Boosts your immune system

Our body’s immune system needs vitamins and minerals to maintain good health and steer clear of diseases. Therefore, ice apple is a great choice because it is packed with vitamins and minerals which are essential for a strong immune system.

  1. Cures stomach ailments and digestive problems

If you face stomach ailments like constipation, bloating, and nausea on a regular basis then you should definitely try ice apple because it is an effective natural remedy to cure such issues related to digestion.

  1. Slows down ageing

Yes, ice apples can help delay the ageing process due to the presence of phytochemicals that possess strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, helping your body fight off the action of free radicals.

  1. Helps in losing weight

Ice apple is a fruit famous for its ability to help with weight management, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. The presence of water in the fruit helps the body sustain the feeling of fullness and helps to avoid overeating. In addition, it is a low-calorie fruit that provides you with essential nutrients without adding to the calorie count.

  1. Cures rashes

If you’re suffering from skin rashes and burns which are fairly common skin problems in the summers, then applying the flesh of an ice apple on the affected areas can relieve irritability of the skin and help soothe the discomfort.

  1. Healthy for pregnant women

Stomach pains and cramps are common in pregnancy. The addition of ice apple in your diet eases minor digestive problems and also reduces the feeling of nausea which is common in pregnancy. Furthermore, it is very nutritious and can improve the quality of breast milk in feeding mothers.

  1. Promotes liver health

Ice apples are rich in potassium which may help to protect the liver from damage. In addition, it also helps to cleanse the toxins out of your system which promotes liver health.

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