All about Falsa!

Published: June 16, 2010

Falsa is a much awaited fruit by many people, in the summers.

Grewia Asiatica is the botanical name of our favorite summer fruit, Falsa or Phalsa. Falsa belongs to the berry family, and people often mistake it for blueberries; they are close relatives but are not the same. In the family of Tiliaceae, only one genus, Grewia, yields edible fruit which is Falsa. It is native to Southern Asia, from Pakistan to Cambodia, and is also cultivated in many tropical countries. Falsa is a much awaited fruit by many people, in the summers. It can be used to make juices, syrups and sherbet to fight the heat and cool oneself. The fruit tastes a little acidic and sometimes sweet.

It has great medicinal uses as well; the fruit is astringent and stomachic. When unripe, it alleviates inflammation and is administered in respiratory, cardiac and blood disorders, as well as in fever. It is rich in vitamin C and is also a good source for anti-oxidants.

After much research, I’ve been able to find a detailed table on its food value; it’s low in sodium, low in fat and rich in Vitamin C.

Value per – 100 gm

Nutrients:

Water 80.8g

Energy 72 Kcal

Protein g 1.3

Total lipid (fat) g 0.9

Carbohydrate, by difference 14.7 g

Fiber, total dietary 1.2 g

Calcium, 129 mg

Iron, 3.1 mg

Magnesium, 72 mg

Phosphorus, 39 mg

Potassium, 351 mg

Sodium, 4.4 mg

Copper, Cu mg 0.12

Vitamins:

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 22

Niacin 0.3 mg

Other:

Carotene, beta 419 mcg

*Values from Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Nutrition

For a thirst quenching Falsa Sherbet recipe, click here

Tehniat.Aftab

Tehniat Aftab

A student and avid food blogger who blogs at Bon Vivant.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://absarahmed.wordpress.com Absar

    I love “Falsey”. At times coming back home from a hot weather outside when my Mom serves me with a glass of icy Falsa Juice, I just love it.Recommend

  • Zahid Shafiq

    This is an absolutely fantastic article ! I have been trying to find out the English name of falsaa for years now, but met with absolutely no luck whatsover. I was also trying to determine its nutritional values etc, but again I had no luck. I asked various people, but no one could come up with a plausible response.

    You have managed to trace out both its name and nutritional value, which is outstanding.

    Excellent job, and thanks for yr perseverance !Recommend

  • imran

    mate,mouth watering stuf……….but as soon as u know they out there in the market they r gone….see u next yr yummy falsa…..i remember when i was in school and its not like prehistoric.. in mid 90s, i could get a handfull of those delicious thing for Rs 5, last year i was in karachi and heard some on saying “false wala” i rushed down to him i had 25 rupee in my pocket…left the wallet upstairs…so i said to him 25 ka dena..he pulled out a 2×1.5 inch tiny transparent plastic pouch filled it with about 10 of those false…and gave it to me….. i looked at it and then him in bewilderment….he said to kia pora tokra dedoon…..and i was about to say 5 ka tu…but i kept my mouth shut…bcos i knew he would say haan baba adaam ke zamane main milta hoga….Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    Good one:::; excellent things for june heat n heat strokes,,,plus water melon is a good one too. typical summer fruits….I have made falsa drinks in summer.. they are mouth watering reallly.. and keep you kool,,Recommend

  • Max

    A somewhat similar and probably rarer species is “garandey”. I have no idea what are they called in English or Urdu or if they have another name. I have myself plucked Falsey from the tree many times during my school days, because we had a couple of trees in our hostel. But the “garandey” come from a naturally occurring shrub like plant with serrated leaves with sharp little thorns. Anybody has any idea, if they are still sold in Pakistan.Recommend

  • jayshree

    from where can i buy falsa fruit within indiaRecommend

  • http://www.noor-ul-ainhanif.blogspot.com Noor-ul-ain Hanif

    I love falsaaaaasss!! nice post :)Recommend

  • Masood Zaidi

    @jayshree:
    Its a common fruit, found even with thelawalas, specially in Northern India.Recommend