Actually Ah, What Is Jambu Air Called In English?

Would still call it jambu air though.

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There's nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a refreshing and juicy jambu air, especially on a hot day

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Believed to be native to Southeast Asia, jambu air can be commonly found in countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

However, the fruit has been cultivated in various other tropical parts of the world.

Jambu air is a good source of fibre, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C. Another fun fact is that it's low in calories because it's made up of 91.6% water!

As Malaysians, we know it as jambu air. But have you ever wondered what the fruit is called in English?

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Its common names in English are watery rose apple, water apple, wax apple, and bell fruit, probably due to its bell-like shape.

Although the fruit's name often includes the word 'apple,' its taste is far from that of a traditional apple. But it does release an aromatic, floral scent said to smell like rose water.

Besides producing tasty fruit, the bark, dried leaves, and roots of jambu air plants have anti-inflammatory properties

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Some traditional practices in Malaysia often use them to help reduce symptoms of swelling, itching, and cracked tongue.

Meanwhile, its flowers are used as a popular remedy in Taiwan to help lower fevers and to treat diarrhoea.

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