Rann Lavang / रान लवंग / South Indian Plum / Syzygium caryophyllatum

Local Name: Rann Lavang / रान लवंग

Common Name: South Indian Plum

Botanical Name: Syzygium caryophyllatum

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree

  • Occurrence: Mid altitudes of the Ghat regions; along margin of evergreen forests or in open formations, up to 700 m

  • Season of Availability: Feb-Jan

  • Geography: Sri Lanka and south India

  • Method of Propagation: Seed and vegetative propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds and cuttings

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Fruits

  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes

  • Ripe: Yes

  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A

  • As Food: Ripe fruits are eaten raw

  • As Medicine: Seeds and bark were dried and its decoction was used to treat diabetes; leaf and bark extracts have antibacterial properties.

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A

  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: N/A

  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A

  • Overall Method: Fruit is eaten raw and ripe.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in carbohydrates

  • Medicinal Benefit: Anti-oxidant

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Seeds and bark were dried and its decoction was used to treat diabetes; leaf and bark extracts have antibacterial properties.

Recipes

  • Tribal Recipe: Fruits are eaten raw and ripe to treat diabetes mellitus.