Our farm has mango trees as this is our source of income. But traditionally a variety of trees are allowed to and encouraged to grow on the boundries. Just walked around the boundries. Jan 2017.
Children pick the small fruits in this thorny shrub with nimble fingers. And relish it.
Regi – Zizyphus jujube (L), Jujube/Chinese Date (E), Ber (H), Yelandai (Tml), Badara (S)
The children collect these fruits, going a long way for this tree. They also pound the pulp with salt and chiil powder and make small pats and dry them as a snack for themselves !
A tree that is used extensively to treat fevers. For a fever type called 'musiri jwaram', the tree is prayed to, circled thrice, and a notch made in the trunk with a knife and the milk that comes out licked. This is done thrice. I have used to our daughter many times when she was a child. She always recovered. The villagers say that fevers which respond to nothing else respond to this. This tree is also of much medicinal value in Ayurveda.
The fruits are delicious. The fruit juice is applied on babies for prickly heat, and I had applied on our daughter when she was a baby. The leaves are used for thatching roofs.