Falsa (Phalsa or Grewua Asiatica), is a summer delight and a purely South-East Asian fruit. It can be found in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia and other tropical countries in the region. Falsa is both sweet and sour at the same time, these tiny red-purple fruits are ready for harvest between March and April. Throughout May and June, falsa is readily available with roadside hawkers in typically large cane baskets. Because of it’s seasonality, buying falsa can be a pricey affair.
Many, especially our elders who grew up in the subcontinent, have fond childhood memories with this tiny fruit. My father tells us he used to climb up trees to pick falsa and enjoy them under the shade of the same trees near the canal in Lahore. It always bring back nostalgic memories for him.
Falsa can be enjoyed as is, with small addition of salt and black pepper. Alternatively, you can prepare a juice and store it throughout the summer. Falsa is a great antioxidant and blood purifier as well. It is an excellent source to relieve various ailments.
Falsa has a short shelf life and must be consumed within a day or two of purchase. The fruit is easily perishable and the best way to enjoy this delicacy is to make it into a puree and consume it later as a juice or chutney.
So let’s get down to making some juice using this fantastic fruit.