The jamun-sellers are back! Yesterday I ate these sweet, slightly sour, happily purple jamuns.
|Woman sitting near National Museum who sold us the jamuns|
|The fruits were sprinkled with kala namak (a type of rock salt)... yum! Apart from |
being delicious the salt also counters the jamun's astringency.
These are rai jamuns (Syzigium nervosum), not to be confused with regular jamuns (Syzigium cumini). Rai jamun is a different species that has slightly bigger, more elongated fruits. The jamun wallahs call rai jamun "ashadiya jamun" because it ripens in Ashad (June-July). The regular jamun is called "jamoa" or "bhadoniya jamun", and ripens in Bhadon (August-September). Most of the trees in Lutyens' Delhi are jamuns, though rai jamuns line the lawns on both sides of Rajpath.