I was blessed with a black plum tree (jamun in Hindi) at our premise. But it was many years ago and now the tree is no more there. Nowadays I even forget to have this fruit every year. Like last year, I did not eat any jamun fruit (black plum). But this year for the first time I have eaten jamun and also prepare jamun sharbat (or refreshing black plum juice). It is healthy, refreshing & very delicious summer drink, probably the best drink if jamun is your favorite fruit.
Black plum tree live for several decades. Though this tree grows slowly but it can reach 20 meters or even 25-meter height. It can cover a huge area under its shade. So for initial days when the tree is within a manageable height like 5-6 meter till then everything okay. I mean you can easily pluck fruits from that tree. But when it becomes a huge tree then it is no longer manageable.
There will be many thousands of fruit on the tree and if you can not pluck it on time then it will fall down after ripening or birds will eat those and spread many half-eaten fruits all around your premise. That is why I am saying this tree may reach beyond manageable height, haha.
So if you can climb that huge tree and you have time to deal with all those annoying stuff then you should grow this jamun tree. Otherwise, after certain years you will be no longer blessed.
But nowadays I am thinking to grow this tree in a big size container. Actually, I have watched many videos that many people grew this tree on the rooftop. I was initially shocked but after watching many videos I am convinced now that it can be grown in a container too.
Okay, now coming to this jamun sharbat (or black plum juice), this drink is really refreshing. I usually like this fruit but it is not my favorite fruit.
Normally I do not prefer to add sugar to this but if those fruits are not that much sweet in taste or you prefer extra sweetness in drinks or sharbat. Then you have to add sugar to this.
Jamun sharbat recipe (Black plum juice)
- 200 gm jamun/black plum fruit
- 12-15 fresh mint leaves
- Pinches of black salt
- 2.5 teaspoons sugar, optional
- 2 glasses of chilled water
- Ice cubes as needed
- Wash Jamun fruits and then remove its seeds
- Take jamun (seeds removed), black salt, mint leaves, sugar and chilled water into a blender and whisk and make sharbat
- Serve this drink with ice cubes as needed
Jamun juice benefits
This fruit has many beneficial values. It contains very low calorie. Jamun fruit has many minerals (Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium etc) & several vitamins (Vitamin B, Vitamin C etc). It also helps in digestion. It is also traditionally used to control high blood sugar. So it is said that diabetic patients should include this fruit in their diet during summer. This wonderful fruit also helps in the natural bowel movement.