Kafal fruit is the state fruit of Uttarakhand. The fruit is very popular in hill regions and slowly but steadily its demand is increasing in metropolitan cities like Mumbai also.
Kafal in English is known as bayberry whereas in Hindi it is called kaifal.
It is edible wild seedy fruit belonging to the Myricaceae family and is the state fruit of Uttarakhand, mostly found in the Kumaon and Garhwal regions of Uttarakhand state. This fruit is widely found in summer 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.
Kaphal fruits are red in colour, tiny and round in shape, succulent drupes 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 this fruit, there are some more popular fruits such as hisoi fruit, bedu fruits and both are in the top 10 fruits of Uttarakhand.
Kafal tree is a native tree to Uttarakhand. Its scientific name is Myrica esculent. The tree bears a fruit called kafal fruit which 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 fruits in summer, especially in May and June however, you may also get the fruit in other seasons but the nutrition and taste of this pahadi fruit may be missing. In summer you will get succulent pahadi fruits. This tiny 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 for Rs 80 to 120 in north India, especially in Kumaon and Garhwal Region, the price may increase in the south region due to unavailability.
In order to help you some of the important queries are addressed below in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQ).
What is the tree dimension?
The tree is of medium height about 6 to 8 meters tall (20 to 26 ft).
How long are kafal tree leaves?
Leaves are conjoint, 30 to 60 cm (1-2ft) long and 19 mm (0.75 inches) wide. Kaphal tree has leaflets in pairs of 6 to 9
How to recognize flowers?
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?
The fruit is mainly found in India. Kafal fruit in India is quite popular, especially in northern states. Kafal fruit is Uttarakhand state fruit and hence largely found in the Kumaon and Garhwal region of the state. It is also found in Himachal Pradesh and some places in 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?
The seeds are small in size because the 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 and sour depending on the stages. The shelf life of this fruit is 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 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 some common names of this fruit?
Box myrtle, myrica integrifolia, Myrica nagi bayberry, kaphal, kapphal
Kafal fruit in English is called?
Kafal fruit is known as Bayberry in the English language.
Health benefits of kafal fruit
- These fruits are used in ayurvedic medicines.
- Helpful with fever.
- Used in the treatment of cardiac debility.
- The fruit properties are used in the treatment of typhoid.
- It is helpful in diarrhoea and dysentery.
- Kafal is a wild fruit and has good anti-ageing properties.
- Good for blood circulation.
- Kafal seeds are used in the pharma industry in medicines.
- Helpful to reduce strokes.
- It is good for skin and hairs.