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Bel

Family Name: Rutaceae

Botanical Name(s): Aegle marmelos

Popular Name(s): Belae Fructus, Bael, Indian Bael, Bilwa

Parts Used: Fruit

Habitat: Bel is found in India.

Description: Bel plant grows up to a height of 18 meters. The plant bears thorns and fragrant flowers. Its fruits are ovoid shaped, greyish brown in colour and contain numerous seeds. They are 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 inches in diameter. The fruits have faint aromatic odour and mucilagenous taste.

Uses: Bel fruit has mild astringent, antiparasitic, antipyretic properties. The fruits are used to cure dysentery, dyspepsia, heart diseases and diarrhoea.




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