Bael aka Wood apple fruit is not as mysterious as you might think.
Bael fruit is a sweet, aromatic fruit that grows on the Aegle marmelos tree, native to India and southeast Asia.
Bael fruit has a long history of use in the Ayurveda principles and is in Thailand well knows under the name “ Ma-toon ”.
For most Thais, bael fruit is their favorite fruit that is instantly recognizable by its unique, sweet and aromatic flavor and a favorite component in popular cold drink and Ice Tea during the summer.
Dry sliced bael fruit can be found at the Asian Market or grocery store. In a Thailand supermarket you can find matoom drink or as an instant tea powder to which you simply add hot water. But there is nothing like making your own matoom drink.
Bael fruit is rich in vitamin C, A, B1, B2, carotene, potassium, and calcium and best known for promoting and maintaining a healthy digestive system.
Dried Bael can be consumed as a hot tea or iced cold drink, depending on what you are craving.
Bael tea ingredients
• • 5 pieces dried Bael
• • 4 cups water
bring it to a boil and let slowly simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
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