Some foods take me right back to my childhood, like today’s star – Phalsa/ Falsa, also known as Grewia asiatica.
We used to pick up this small red purple berry-like fruit from the street vendors, eat it with black salt/kala namak. Oh of the simple days and simple treats!! In its honour I have today, Phalsa Sharbat. The quintessential summer cooler!
As much as I love it, I don’t find it easily in Gurgaon. As soon as the season starts, begins my hunt for phalsa! It has a very short shelf life, as I discovered the hard way, when a whole batch of my loot spoilt within 2 days! So if you do get your hands on it, please know, it should be consumed really fast.
It has a wonderful astringent, sweet ,sour taste that somehow reminds me of Jamun ( Java plums). They have a small seed which can be eaten..I like to, I like the crunch! 🙂
Now as great as they taste, they are also very beneficial. This is a very cooling fruit. Can be used for treating dehydration. Its full of antioxidants, is digestive and can alleviate acidity, helps in regulating blood pressure and is anti inflammatory.
So go ahead make a batch of this sharbat and enjoy this beautiful cooling beverage. We have much to celebrate with our gorgeous local and seasonal produce that make this heat so much more bearable for us!
Hope you all love it as much as we do. I’d love to hear about how it turned out for you. Leave a comment below and share a picture onINSTAGRAM using the hashtag #tashasartisanfoods !