9 health benefits of Jambo and its properties

The rose apple is a fruit well known and widely consumed in the northeast of Brazil. However, in other regions, jambo is not yet a popular food and may even be considered exotic.

If you don’t know, the jambo belongs to the Myrtaceae family , as well as the pitanga and the uvalha. The flavor is sweet and the appearance resembles the shape of the guava, with a length varying between 3 and 5 centimeters. The skin is smooth and its color may vary, while the flesh is firm.

If you know more about the flavor and aroma of jambo and also about the properties of this berry, you will certainly want to look for it in the supermarket or plant your own tree, to perfume your backyard.


Jambo is a fruit originally from India and Malaysia, and has adapted very well to the climate and soil of the American continent. As a result, it will not be difficult to find a jambeiro in the North, Northeast and Southeast regions of Brazil.

Planting a jambo tree is not only a great decision to be able to harvest the fruit of the tree, but also to have a beautiful tree, the jambeiro, with its beautiful flowers and delicious aroma. The jambeiro is considered an ornamental tree, so take advantage of the planting tips.

If you can find jambo at the market or supermarket, you can plant the seeds of the fruit. Give preference to the spring period and don’t forget that it is essential to choose a place outdoors and with plenty of space, as the jambeiro is a majestic tree, which needs an available area to grow.

Also pay attention to the incidence of sunlight, as the jambeiro needs light and shade throughout the day. When planting, make a hole about 40 centimeters deep and put water and humus in it. Insert the seeds and water, but not too much.

Jambo tree soil needs to be kept moist but not wet. The sprout can already be seen a few days after planting and, after 30 days, you will have a small jambo plant in your backyard.

Although the jambeiro loves the hot and humid climate, it is possible to grow it almost all over the country, with the exception of regions with frost. You will be able to harvest jambos from January to May, for about 20 years, which is the time of production of the jambeiro. Although the tree begins to bear fruit in the fourth year after planting, commercial production only takes place after the sixth year.


In Brazil, the most easily found varieties of jambo are yellow, white, pink and red jambo. This difference is only in the outer color, as the inner part of the fruit is always white.

If you choose to plant jambo seeds, the price is very attractive: less than R$8.00 for 10 seeds. If you prefer to cultivate a seedling, you will have to invest around R$15.00, but you will see that the value varies in the various offers available on the internet.


Among all the information, the one that certainly matters most to you who consumes or is thinking of introducing jambo in your diet is: what are the benefits of this fruit for your health?

1.Rich in Protein and Vitamins – Protein, Vitamin B1 and B2, Phosphorus, Calcium, Vitamin C, pectin and antioxidants… all of these components are in the jambo and can work for the health of your body.

2.Your leaf can be used in recipes – Know, first of all, that not only the fruit brings excellent substances to your body, but also the jambeiro leaf can be used in some recipes.

3. Aids in diet – If you are on a diet, don’t be afraid to eat jambo. Can you believe that 100 grams of jambo offers only 50 calories? Well that’s exactly it! In this way, it can be included in both breakfast and morning and afternoon snacks.

4.Helps in weight loss – One of the great qualities of jambo, for those who want to lose a few pounds, is the sweet taste, which can act on the feeling of satisfaction that we all feel after eating a dessert. Thus, you will feel that you have eaten a candy and the craving will pass, but the calories ingested will not have disrespected the diet.

5.Rich in Fiber – Jambo, like most fruits, is extremely high in fiber. Fiber is important for two reasons: it makes you feel full, so you don’t feel the need to eat very large portions during meals, and it helps your bowel function better. Are you suffering from constipation? Let Jambo sort it out!

6. Great diuretic – On the other hand, if you suffer from bloating due to fluid retention, jambo can also be your ally in this case, as it is an excellent diuretic. Like constipation, fluid retention causes a lot of discomfort and the false impression of being overweight.

7. Strengthens the body’s defenses – In addition to solving existing health problems, it is extremely important to strengthen our body’s defenses, in order to avoid problems. In this matter, jambo is also an important ally, as it has a large amount of vitamin C.

8. Fights stomach problems – It is powerful in fighting stomach problems, lungs and headaches. And there is one last relevant detail, which is the fact that jambo enhances collagen production, which reduces the signs of premature aging. Yes, you read that right. Jambo helps to smooth and fight those wrinkles and other signs of age.

9.Helps to reduce fever – Don’t forget to also use the leaves of the jambo, which have considerable iodine content and can help with weight loss and reducing fever. The simplest and most efficient alternative is to make tea from jambo leaves.


Jambo is a delicious and very refreshing fruit. So, you can eat it fresh, as many say it feels like eating rose petals.

However, there are other very tasty and creative options, so you can make the most of these berries. One of the most famous options is the jambo compote, made only with fruit, water and sugar. Just cut the pieces of fruit, remove the pulp, cook the skins with water and, finally, cook this colored and scented water with the pulp and sugar. Easy and delicious, isn’t it?

You can still bet on jambo jam or fruit mousse, which also has a very simple recipe and ingredients, such as unflavored powdered gelatin, condensed milk and cream.

How about a jambo cake? Yes, you can introduce jambo in place of other fruits you already use to make cakes and the result is wonderful, as well as the color that jambo gives to any recipe.

Want to get out of the candy ball and stick to the diet? Bet on jambo juice! Just have a few units of fruit, ice water and sugar or sweetener. Don’t forget to remove the seeds before taking the ingredients to the blender. In addition to the flavor and perfume, the appearance is very beautiful, especially if you choose the red jambo.

Finally, know that it is also possible to make a delicious jambo liqueur. You will only need the fruit, brandy and water.

You are certainly interested in the benefits of jambo and some recipe. It is one of the tastiest fruits, fragrant and one of the most beautiful colors, so don’t hesitate to try, and even cultivate, this great option.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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