5 fruits to try in Bangalore

We, Bangaloreans, love our food, veggies and fruits. There are so many fruits available in the city that one can just survive eating those delicious fruits for meals. The city markets are filled with fruit vendors who sell all sorts of fruits and some fruits are seasonal. In this post, I would like to list the 5 fruits to try in Bangalore.

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Where is Bangalore?

Bangalore is the capital city of South Indian state Karnataka. Known for its greenery and lakes, Bangalore is one of the largest cities in India. The city is located on the Deccan Plateau with an elevation of 900 metres above sea level and has the best pleasant climate.

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5 fruits to try in Bangalore

Note:

  • Bangalore has many more fruits than what is listed in this post.
  • Haggle with the fruit vendors and get the fruits for best prices.
  • Make sure that you are not allergic, not taking some medications or do not have any health conditions that prevent you from eating these fruits.
  • Some fruits are best enjoyed with a mixture of salt and chilli powder.

Grapefruit

  • Kannada translation: Chakota.

The grapefruit is a hybrid and seasonal fruit, a cross between oranges and pomelos. It is a large fruit and tastes bitter. The interior flesh is yellow or pink in colour. It is best eaten with a mixture of salt and chilli powder.

Note: Be careful as to when to have grapefruit, Grapefruit juice and some drugs must not be mixed.

Benefits of Grapefruit

Grapefruit is high in vitamin C and potassium. The grapefruit has many healthy benefits:

  • Improves red blood cells.
  • In weight loss and obesity.
  • Used for asthma and high cholesterol.

Jackfruit

  • Kannada translation: Halasina Hannu.

Jackfruit is a tropical and seasonal (March to June) fruit that is the largest tree borne fruit in the world. It is a state fruit of South Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The fruit has a thick and spiky rind and has flesh that is sweet. It has a very strong smell and because of which it has been banned in some places out of India.

Did you know that the seeds of the fruit is also used for cooking in South India?

The jackfruit has many cultural significances in India. One of the significances is that the wood of the tree is used to create a wooden plank, which is used as a priest’s seat during the Hindu ceremonies in Kerala.

Jackfruit
Jackfruit

Benefits of Jackfruit

Jackfruit is high in minerals and vitamins. The benefits of Jackfruit are:

  • Diabetes to control the blood sugar.
  • Prevents in formation of ulcers in the stomach.
  • Helps in lowering blood pressure.

Even though Jackfruit has benefits, it can cause allergy to some people. So make sure to be 100% sure that you are not allergic before trying Jackfruit.

Raw Mango

  • Kannada translation: Mavina kai.

The raw mango is green in colour and is usually used in making pickles and chutneys. They are crisp to eat, firm and not juicy. It has a pungent smell. The raw mango is seasonally available too between April and June.

Raw Mangoes
Raw Mangoes

Benefits of Raw Mango

Raw mangoes are rich in Vitamin A and E that is useful in improving the hormonal system. The raw mangoes have a lot of benefits:

  • Helps in hydration.
  • Cures stomach disorders such as bloating, indigestion and constipation.
  • Helps boost immunity.
  • Lowers the risk of cancer.
  • Supports eye health.

Guava

  • Kannada translation: Sibekai or Sibehannu.

A common tropical fruit that is usually available throughout the year is the Guava. They are round and green, and the fruit is eaten with the outer skin and seeds. In India, we eat Guava with salt and chilli powder. The guava leaves are used in folk medicines.

Benefits of Guava

Guava is rich in Vitamin C and fructose. The guava has many health benefits:

  • Helps in reducing the menstrual pain.
  • Reduced the blood sugar levels.
  • Improves immunity.
  • Protects in fighting infections and illness.
  • Helps in improving heart health.

Irrespective of many health benefits, guava should be avoided by certain people.

Ice apple

  • Kannada translation: Tati Nungu.

Native to Indian subcontinent and South East Asia, Ice apple is a seasonal (summer) fruit that tastes a bit like the sweet tender coconut and it looks very similar to litchi. It is covered in a hard brown or black shell and each shell has around 3 to 4 sweet, watery and sugary fruits.

Ice apples are grown on palmyra trees. The palmyra tree is the official tree of Tamil Nadu and the tree is linked to fertility. Also, in the mythological story of Mahabharata, a palmyra tree is the chariot banner of Bheeshma.

Benefits of Ice apple

There are many benefits to this sweet fruit:

  • Ice apple is a summer fruit and hence is perfect for hydration.
  • Slows down aging as the fruit contains phytochemicals.
  • Helps in protecting liver as the fruit contains potassium.

Fruit markets in Bangalore

There are many fruit markets in Bangalore city. The markets are spread across the city and the vendors sell fresh fruits. Some of the markets are Malleshwaram flower and fruit market, Electronic city local markets, Gandhi Bazaar markets and Jayanagar vegetable markets.

Closing Notes

Bangalore has many more delicious fruits and each one of them are tastier than the other. And every fruit has benefits and is healthy. I highly recommend at least trying each of these fruits at least once to get a taste of it.

How many of these fruits have you tasted? Which one did you like the best? Let me know in the comments below.

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10 thoughts on “5 fruits to try in Bangalore”

  1. Wow this is a great list. among all these, I like raw mango most. I did not heard about ice apple before. will surly love to give this a try if get a chance to visit Bangalore in future.

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  2. Having Elaichi Banana and Guavava are my favorite when I am in Banglore. I don’t like Jack fruit as a fruit but love it in an indian curry form. Shall look for Ice apple next time.

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  3. I’ve never tried grapefruit and ice apples in Mumbai although Jackfruit is a regular here. Raw mango is one of my favourites, especially with the masala sprinkling in your pics.

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  4. That’s a good list of fruits available in Bangalore. I’ve never been to Bangalore. Your blog posts will come in handy when I plan my first trip. Ice Apple is something new for me, a must to check now!

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