Ditch The Strawberry For 12 Desi Berries of India

Not all the berries are grown in India, This article will look at the 12 different types of berries, cherry, wild fruits and plum found and grown in India. Other must try wild fruits found in India are wild tamarind, grapes, Tendu, Mahua, Khirni, Apple Ber, Audumbar or Wild Figs.


Strawberry cultivated worldwide for its bright red color heart shaped fruit with sweetness and juicy texture. Strawberries are popular as traditional dessert and part of the dairy products like strawberry ice cream, strawberry milkshakes and smoothies.

Shahtoot – Mul Berry

Mulberries from Morus flowering plant are widespread in the Indian subcontinent and has different names under regional or local language. Black, red, and green mulberries are important for our body and filled with nutrients like dietary fiber, vitamin K, potassium and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Amla – Goose Berry

Phyllanthus emblica or amla is a edible fruit, used in traditional Indian medicine as dried and fresh fruits. Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh is the largest producers of Indian gooseberries and also the fruit is used in various Ayurvedic medicine preparations like Triphala rasayana and Chyawanprash.

Harfarauri – Star Berry


Phyllanthus acidus plant known as Star gooseberry or West India gooseberry, tastes sour and tart. The small yellow edible berries used for food and medicinal purposes, in India the fruit is eaten as a blood-enhancer for the liver.

Rasbhari – Golden Berry

Physalis peruviana plant and fruits are commonly called as golden berry, Cape gooseberry or Rasbhari in Hindi, cultivated or grows wild across tropical regions of India. The Cape gooseberry is an exotic and exported fruit and contains vitamin C,antioxidants, fatty acids also seed for treating disorders in traditional medicine.

Chironji – Char Berry


Chironji or Charoli is cultivated across India and the seeds are used in the Ayurveda systems of medicine. Buchanania lanzan tree produces small black colored berries and the seed is known as Chironji, commonly used in sweets in India.

Phalsa – Squash Berry


Grewia asiatica or Phalsa also called as sherbet berry is widely cultivated in other tropical countries and known for sweet and sour acidic fruit, mostly used in Indian sherbet or squash as a cooling agent.

Karonda – Carissa Berry

Karonda or Carissa carandas is berry sized fruit used for Indian pickles and spices, grows naturally in Western Ghats and in the Hills of Himalayas. The fruit is used in the Ayurvedic ancient Indian herbal system of medicine for indigestion and urinary disorders.

Ber – Just Berries


Indian Jujube also known as ber in India, is a tropical fruit with variable shape and size. The fruit of Ziziphus mauritiana is eaten raw in India and quite nutritious with rich in vitamin C.

Jamun – Black Berry

Indian black plum is native to the Indian Subcontinent and sometimes also known as Indian blackberry (Syzygium cumini). The leaves and fruits are used in various Ayurveda systems for high source in vitamin A and vitamin C.

Kokum – Indica Berry

Kokum or Garcinia indica fruit is mostly found in the Western Ghats region of India and best variety from the Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg also received the GI tag, used for medical applications and for squash.

Kosam – Wild Berry


Schleichera oleosa tree occurs in the Indian Subcontinent and one of the main trees of forests in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. The wild fruit of Chhattisgarh is mostly known as Kusum in Hindi and oil extracted from the seed used in traditional medicine systems.

Lasoda – Gum Berry


Gunda or Lasoda also known as Gum berry, used for pickle and its seed kernel has medicinal properties, cultivated throughout Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharastra state of India. The fruit is known as Gum Berry or Indian cherry used in traditional medicine to help relieve indigestion.

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