You have always yielded to the call of yellow Himalayan raspberry in childhood, haven’t you? Native to the Indian subcontinent, Himalayan Raspberry herb is found all over the Himalayan belt. If you grew up in the mountains, chances are that you’ve fond memories of collecting these yellow raspberries on your way back from school.
As our towns turn into concrete jungles, this shrub is now hard to spot but in semi-urban & rural areas, you can still find Himalayan Raspberry herb in plenty. Next time you have a chance – do not hesitate to pluck some of these yummy raspberries. For now, let’s enlighten you some of the amazing facts about this wonderful jungle fruit:
1. Eating Himalayan raspberries can help you deal with common cold and sore throat.
The fruit juice has even been used to treat fever (including Typhoid).
And since this summer fruit is fibrous, it can also improve your digestion.
2. Inner bark of this shrub has been used as a kidney tonic.
And it’s also an excellent anti-diuretic i.e. promotes urination, and a great diaphoretic i.e. promotes perspiration.
3. Juice extracted from the roots of this shrub has been found to be useful in treating fevers and gastric problems and diarrhea.
4. Create a paste of the roots and it can be used to speed up healing of injuries.
Alcoholic extract of the roots are known to have antioxidant, antimicrobial properties and anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Someone losing control over the senses, ask him/her to eat some; it’s helpful.
Triterpenoids in these tiny-little, yummy fruits were found to reduce anxiety and give a boost to various mental functions of mice a test lab.
6. It is widely used for treating menstrual disorders.
7. In many areas, this shrub is now considered an ecological threat.
Yeah, a threat! It was introduced in Hawaii back in 1960s (because it’s tasty!) and boy, do they regret it! Yellow Himalayan raspberry knocked off their native shrubs and literally covered many forests. Same is the story of many other states/provinces. Here’s how kids who grew up along the Himalayas would react if we told them this.
8. Jungle fire or ruthless cutting – roots of Himalayan raspberry just don’t give up.
Thank God we in India had just enough of these evergreen shrubs to enjoy the fruit.
The shrub regenerates very quickly from underground shoots. So, the Americans and Australians had to literally grub out the roots or burn them. When was the last time you had a yellow Himalayan raspberry plucking session?