- Other name: Black Plum
- Scientific name: Syzygium cumini
- Family: Myrtaceae
- Origin: India, Burma, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
Duhat is a fruit a tree reaching a height of 8 to 20 m or more, with spreading branches. The low-branched trunk is 40 to 75 cm in diameter, rough and dark gray. The leaves are shiny, smooth and leathery, oval in shape, dark green above and yellowish-green underneath. The young leaves are purple and faintly odorous.
Flowers are color pink, light-yellow to nearly white, small and fragrant. Its fruits occur in loose clusters, varying in shape from ellipsoid to ovoid, 1.0 to 3.0 cm long.
The skin is thin, green when immature; turns dark purple to almost black when ripe and adhere to the flesh. The pulp is grayish or violet, juicy and is pleasantly flavored with a mildly acidic and astringent taste. It contains one seed. The seed is large, oblong, greenish, strongly astringent and slightly bitter.
Duhat Fruit Benefits:
- Duhat fruit is eaten as is (usually with salt), made into juice or wine, It contains calcium and iron.
- It can help prevent and cure diarrhea. For diarrhea: Eat liberally fleshy portion of the fruit or boil chopped fresh or dried in 2 glasses of water for 15 minutes.
- Duhat juice when made into vinegar can help to expel gas from the intestines and to promote urination.
Duhat Seed Benefits:
- Decoction of powdered seeds are taken in for diarrhea
- Powdered seeds taken as antidote for poisoning.
- Research showed that dried and powderized duhat seeds are a proven remedy for diabetes.
Duhat Leaves Benefits:
- Poultice applied on swellings and skin sores.
- Decoction taken in for diarrhea and dysentery.
Duhat Tree Bark Medicinal Uses:
- The bark is astringent and a decoction is used as a mouthwash and as a gargle for ulcerations of the mouth.
- Bark decoction is used as wash for wounds and skin ulcers.
- Decoction taken in for diabetes.
Related Recipe: How to Make Duhat Wine