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Monday, September 3, 2012
Our World Tuesday- the Versatile Bael
The Bael tree Aegle marmelos is a thorny tree, sacred to the Hindus. It is usually seen in temple gardens. It can tolerate severe drought and severe flooding too. It has big brown fruit with hard shells, from which a cool, refreshing drink is made. All parts of the Bael tree are used in Ayurveda and Siddha medicine.
The Bael tree is a larval food plant for the Common Mormon butterfly Papilio polytes and
the Lime Butterfly Papilio demoleus.
Healers called Siddhas live in the caves in the mountains of the Eastern Ghats. They use the leaves, bark and fruit of the Bael tree for treating severe illnesses.
This my contribution to Our World Tuesday.