Traditional Thai Matoom tea (nammatoom) also called Bael fruit tea is made of boiled dried Bael fruit slices and it is usually served cold. We prefer to serve it warm as it is more aromatic and soothing.
Bael Fruit (Aeglemarmelos)has many names and it is often called wood-apple, stone apple, golden apple, holy fruit, Bengal quince and Indian bael. It is also called bel, bela, sirphal, maredoo in India, matum and mapin in Thailand. In Cambodia this fruit is calledphneou or pnoi, Vietnamese would call it baunau and in Malya is known as bilak, or majapahit and modjo in Java. French call it oranger du Malabar and it is known as marmelos in Portuguese.
The bael fruit tree, despite its common names associating it with apples, belongs of the family Rutaceae or Citrus family just like lemons and oranges. It is a slow-growing, medium size tree. It grows up to 12-15 m tall with short trunk and spreading branches bearing strong spines.The fruit are typically round or pear shaped, 5-20 cm in diameter. They have a hard, woody gray or yellow rind which is dotted with aromatic, oil glands. The ripe pulp is orange, pasty, sweet, aromatic, and cooling.
Benefits of Matoom (Bael fruit) tea.
Typical each ripe fruit contains the following:
The minerals include iron and phosphorus and the list of vitamins includes: thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin C, and niacin.
The Matoom tea is believed to have benefits of healing digestive disorders, internal wounds like haemorrhoids and ulcers, disinfecting the gastro-intestinal tract, healing constipation and getting rid of accumulated toxins in the intestines. Bael fruit tea is also used as a remedy for asthma, common cold, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
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