Falsa is not only our favorite summer berry, it’s actually quite healthy. A native to Asian countries like Pakistan and India, it can’t be exported due its delicacy and getting dried up quickly, therefore it’s a treat only for us Easterners! Personally I love Falsa especially in the form of a nice freshly made Falsa juice (that I’m sipping right now).
It has an immediate cooling effect, good for these hot summers, and as a cherry on top it holds plenty of health benefits. And you could get it outside practically every corner and street these days for minimal money. So why not make it a regular Aftar beverage.
University of Miami botanist Julia Morton wrote in Fruits of Warm Climates that unripe Falsa fruit “alleviates inflammation and is administered in respiratory, cardiac and blood disorders, as well as in fever.”
- An infusion of the bark is said to treat diarrhea, pain, rheumatism, and arthritis.
- A study published in the journal Ethnobotany Research and Applications confirmed that falsa leaves are used in traditional medicine to treat urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases.
- The leaves are said to have a mild antibiotic effect. Soaked overnight and made into a paste, they are said to relieve inflammations of the skin including cuts, burns, boils, eczema, and pustular skin eruptions.
- The root bark has been shown in research to relieve pain and inflammation, according to a study conducted at Vinayaka Mission’s College of Pharmacy in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.
- Falsa leaf and fruit extract may function as anti-cancer agents. Research on mice has shown that the pomace, or solid fruit parts, may prevent the formation of breast, cervical, and blood cancers.
Moreover they are used in Traditional Folk Medicine:
- For stomach pain, 25 to 30 ml of falsa juice, added to three grams of carom seeds, stirred and warmed, is said to relieve pain.
- For burning eyes, urine, chest, stomach, and sour burping, falsa sherbet is said to provide relief (see recipe below).
- For nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain, falsa juice combined with a little rose-water and sugar is said to provide relief.
- For respiratory troubles and hiccups, warm falsa juice combined with a little ginger juice and rock salt is said to provide relief.