Phalsa (Falsa)

Known as:  Indian blueberry (although it is not botanically related to the blueberry)

Botanical name:  Grewia Asiatica

Crown and root system:  This is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with a moderate root system.

Growing regions:  All over the country, except for areas that are particularly hot.

Fruit:  The fruit ripen in the middle of summer.  They are shaped like peas with a purple skin when ripe.  Inside each one is a seed or two, depending on the size of the fruit, but the seed is also edible and can be opened easily.  The flavor is reminiscent of blueberries and this is where it gets its name from.

Planting in a container:  May be grown in a container.

Recommended planting season:  All year round.

Good to know:
According to scientific research the Phalsa fruit has a low glycemic index, which makes it especially good for those with diabetes.