Common Name Jamun, Java plum
Botanical Name Syzygium cumini
Local Name
Native/Non Native Native
Origin India & Indonesia
Location at Holy Family Church Ashankur slope

(These photographs are authentic captures from the Holy Family Church campus, portraying the scenic splendour of the place.)

Jamun is an evergreen tree that is native to the Indian subcontinent.

It can reach up to 30 meters in height (approx. 100 feet). It is propagated through seed germination as well as other vegetative methods. It bears fruit 8-10 years after seed germination and can produce fruit till it is about 50-60 years old.

Jamun trees are most productive during the summer season with each tree bearing about 60-100 kilograms of fruit per year. The fruits, however, are only harvested after they ripen as they do not continue to mature after being picked. Therefore, most of the fruits sold in markets are harvested and sold on the same day.

The fruit is sweet and sour with an astringent aftertaste. Some people prefer sprinkling salt over the fruit before consumption to reduce the astringency of the fruit. The juice of the fruit stains the lips and mouth when consumed which only lasts for a few hours.

The fruit can be used as a part of many meal courses including savory and dessert options as it can be paired with a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Jamuns are a good source of vitamins A and C that aids in maintaining healthy organ function and reducing inflammation as it strengthens the immune system. Besides being good blood sugar controllers, they also act as a blood purifier and are used to treat anemia, respiratory infections, sore throats, digestive issues and ringworm.

Its wood is used to manufacture railway sleepers as it does not get infected with fungi or decaying insects.

IMPORTANT: The information on this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference books. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Readers should always consult their physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

--- Click here for information about other trees on Holy Family Church campus ---