Kafal fruit in English simply explained

Kafal fruit is the state fruit of Uttarakhand. Kafal in Hindi and English: Kafal fruit in English – bayberry, Kafal fruit in Hindi – kaifal

Kafal fruit guide – FAQ

In order to help you some of the important queries are addressed below in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What is kafal fruit?

Kafal is edible wild seedy fruit belonging to the Myricaceae family and is the state fruit of Uttarakhand, mostly found in Kumaon and Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand state. This fruit is widely found in summers and one can easily get these fruits before the monsoon. So, if you are planning to buy kafal fruit online or offline then don’t wait for the monsoon so that you can get fresh and juicy fruits of Uttarakhand. 
Kafal fruit in English is known as Bayberry fruit. Kaphal fruits are red in colour, tiny and round in shape, succulent drupe with hard endocarp diameter 1.1 to 1.13 (0.43-0.51 inch), average mass 670 mg (10.3gr). This edible wild fruit turns purple at full maturity. Apart from kafal fruit there are some more popular fruits such as hisoi fruit, bedu fruits and both are in the top 10 fruits of Uttarakhand.

What is kafal tree?

Kafal tree is a native tree to Uttarakhand. The Kafal tree English name is bayberry and the scientific name of kafal is Myrica esculenta. Kafal tree bears fruit called kafal fruit and kafal fruit is the state fruit of Uttarakhand. Kafal is a fruit that grows on a medium-sized tree of height 6 to 8 meters. This tree bears kafal fruit in summers especially in may june however, you may also get kafal fruit in other seasons but you will definitely miss the kafal fruit nutrition and taste of this pahadi fruit. Hence summers are counted as kafal fruit season and during this season you will get succulent pahadi fruits. Kafal fruit is mostly found in the Himalayan region including most areas of Uttarakhand, South Bhutan and Nepal. Kafal fruit price in India varies according to the location and one can purchase 1 kg kafal fruit of Rs 80 to 120 in north India especially in Kumaon and Garhwal Region but the price will increase in the south region due to unavailability.

What is the Kafal fruit tree dimension?

Kaphal fruit tree or Myrica esculenta tree is of medium height about 6 to 8 meters tall (20 to 26 ft).

How long are kafal tree leaves?

Kafal tree leaves – Leaves of kaiphal fruit are conjoint, 30 to 60 cm (1-2ft) long and 19 mm (0.75 inches) wide. Kaphal tree has leaflets are in pairs of 6 to 9

How to recognize myrica esculenta flower of India?

One can easily identify the Myrica Esculenta flower of India by its color and tiny fruits. Myrica esculenta flowers are of white colours and are found in bunches.

Where kafal fruit is found?

Kafal fruit is native to India and is mainly found in India. Kafal fruit in India is quite popular, especially in northern states. Kafal fruit is Uttarakhand state fruit hence largely found in the Kumaon and Garhwal region of the state. It is also found in Himachal Pradesh and some places of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from India, this edible red colour small fruit is found in Nepal and South Bhutan.

What do kafal seeds look like?

Myrica Esculenta seeds or Kafal seeds are small in size because the kafal fruit itself is a tiny fruit. Myrica esculenta seeds are roundish and a bit triangular in shape.

How does Kafal fruit taste?

The kafal fruit taste is sweet, sour and succulent depending on the stages. The shelf life of kafal is very less and it can get worse only after a couple of days so one should always pick fresh kafal fruits to eat.

What are some Kafal fruit varieties?

According to Ayurveda, there are two types of kafal fruits or we can say there are two varieties of this edible kafal fruit. These varieties are based on the colours Shweta and Rakhta. As the name suggests Shweta kafal fruits are white in colour whereas Rakhta kafal fruits varieties are red in colour.

What are Myrica Esculenta common names?

Box myrtle, myrica integrifolia, Myrica nagi bayberry, kaphal, kapphal

Kafal fruit in English?

Kafal fruit English name – Kafal fruit is known as Bayberry in the English language.

Health benefits of kafal fruit

  • kafal fruit is used in ayurvedic medicines.
  • Kafal fruit is helpful in fever.
  • Used in treatment of cardiac debility.
  • Kafal fruit properties are used in treatment of typhyid.
  • Kafal is helpful in diarrhoea and dysentery.
  • Kafal is a wild fruit and has good anti aging properties.
  • Good for blood circulation.
  • Kafal seeds are used in pharma industry in medicines.
  • Kafal is helpful to reduce strokes.
  • Kafal is good for skin and hairs.

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