Wood Apple Juice | Wood Apple Recipe

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Not just winters, India has so much to offer in terms of seasonal produce during summers too. While the Indian summer season is sweltering with extreme heat, one of the typical fruits called wood apple does its round during this time because of its cooling properties for the body. Thus, a very popular summer beverage is the Wood Apple Juice, especially in northern and eastern parts of India. This is one of the easiest Wood Apple Recipe in Indian cuisine, which is not just tasty but is a nutritious drink.

wood apple juice in a glass.

About Wood Apple

Also known as monkey fruit or elephant apple (limonia acidissima) , wood apple is one of the rare tree species native to India as well as other regions of Southeast Asia. The fruit, as well as its leaves, seeds, etc., are known to have many health and medicinal properties too.

This round shaped hard-skinned fruit has a mushy and soft pulp within, with many seeds. The aroma of this fruit is distinctively peachy with a sweetish, sour flavor to it.

Sweeter, I would say, when completely ripe. The Wood Apple Juice is one of the most popular summer Beverage Recipes.

In addition to this sharbat, more of Wood Apple Recipes that are common in the Indian subcontinent are Panna and other juices, preserves, jams, jellies, desserts, etc. which are prepared from its pulp. The tiny, tender shoots or leaves are also consumed in salads as greens.

About Wood Apple Juice

Apart from breaking open the hard cased wood apple fruit to scoop out the pulp, then soaking it in chilled water, mashing and finally straining to get rid of the seeds and coarse fibre, there is not much you have to do to make this Wood Apple Juice.

As I have mentioned earlier too, this is one of the simplest Wood Apple Recipe that makes for a refreshing and cooling yummy summer drink. It is best to invest some time to prep up the fruit and make the pulp at home, rather than purchasing a readymade one from the market.

This way the juice that you will make at home is definitely more beneficial and freer from added preservatives and/or chemicals that the store-bought ones usually have. To prepare this Wood Apple Juice, you will need ripe fruits. After removing and mashing the pulp, you will have to strain the mixture and then sweeten it by adding jaggery or sugar.

Wood apple is a storehouse of Vitamin C, other nutrients, with a lot many health benefits. Some of which are – it aids digestion, is helpful in getting rid of ulcers and constipation, supports blood purification and the most obvious, is cooling for the body during the scorching summer heat.

While we are talking about cooling beverages, some more traditional Indian drinks in this lot are the following:

You must try all these, as they are really amazing beverages brimming with goodness.

You can serve this seasonal juice just as it is, immediately after preparing it. The remaining can be refrigerated and consumed within a few hours.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Wood Apple Juice


1. First, take the fruit and with a rolling pin (belan) hit all around it. For this recipe, I have used 2 small and 1 medium wood apple fruits.

hitting wood apple fruit with a rolling pin.

2. You will see the outer hard shell cracking. Open the hard shell and you will see a light brown colored pulp.

wood apple fruit broken into half.

3. With a spoon, scoop out the soft pulp.

scooping out soft pulp from wood apple fruit.

4. Add the scooped soft pulp in a bowl or pan.

scooped pulp added in a bowl for wood apple recipe.

5. Then, add 1 cup cold water. Soak the pulp for 20 minutes.

soaking pulp in cold water for wood apple recipe.

6. After 20 minutes, with a veggie masher, mash the pulp.

mashing fruit pulp with a vegetable masher.

7. Mash very well.

wood apple pulp mashed well.

8. Next using a strainer, strain the mashed mixture in parts. Do not use a fine strainer.

straining mashed pulp.

9. With a spoon, stir so that the mixture is strained well.

straining mashed pulp.

10. While straining, add water also in parts. Overall, add about ½ to ¾ cup water, while straining.

adding water while straining pulp.

11. Continue to stir with a spoon so that the fine pulp is extracted and the seeds and coarse inedible fibres are left behind.

straining mashed pulp for wood apple recipe.

12. This is what remains after the pulp is strained well – seeds and some coarse fibres.

seeds and coarse fibre left after straining pulp for wood apple juice.

13. Here is the strained pulp.

strained pulp for making wood apple juice.

Make Wood Apple Juice

14. Now, add 12 tablespoons jaggery. You can also add sugar.

Both jaggery and water can be adjusted as per your requirements. If the wood apple is sweet, opt to add less jaggery or sugar.

jaggery added to strained wood apple pulp.

15. Next, add ⅓ teaspoon roasted cumin powder.

adding roasted cumin powder to strained pulp.

16. Add ⅓ teaspoon green cardamon powder and 2 pinches black salt.

cardamom powder and black salt added to strained pulp for making wood apple juice.

17. Mix very well.

ingredients mixed well in the strained wood apple juice.

18. Pour in glasses and serve Wood Apple Juice. You can make the juice thin or thick, by adding more or less water.

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Expert Tips

  1. You can either add jaggery or sugar for sweetness in this beverage. Both these can be adjusted, according to how sweet you want your drink to be.
  2. I like to add the cardamom powder for an enhanced flavor. You can skip it, if you want.
  3. In case, the wood apple fruit you are using is more sweet, then you can even add a few drops of lemon juice in this recipe to have that perfect balance in the drink.
  4. You can make this sharbat thick or thin, by adding more or less water in it.
  5. If you have a huge garden in your home or even some good enough space for plants, then you can clean the seeds that are left after straining the pulp and sow them in the soil. Who knows, you might just have a wood apple tree soon in your backyard!  

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top shot of wood apple juice in a glass on a wooden tray.

Wood Apple Juice | Wood Apple Recipe

Wood Apple Juice is a summer cooling drink made from this typical fruit, also known as elephant apple. This wood apple recipe is a popular summer beverage in northern and eastern parts of India. The drink is tasty, refreshing as well as nutritious.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine North Indian
Course Beverages
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 4


  • 3 wood apple (elephant apple or monkey fruit) – small to medium sized
  • 3 to 3.5 cups water – cold
  • ½ to ¾ cup water – added later while straining the pulp
  • 12 tablespoons jaggery or add as required
  • teaspoon cardamom powder
  • teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 2 pinches black salt



  • First take each wood apple and with a rolling pin hit it all around.
  • You will see the outer hard shell cracking. Open the hard shell and you will see a brown colored pulp.
  • With a spoon scoop out the soft pulp from all the three wood apples. Transfer the scooped soft pulp in a bowl.
  • Add 1 cup cold water.
  • Soak this mixture for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, with a veggie masher, mash the pulp in the bowl itself. Mash very well.
  • Then using a strainer, strain the mashed pulp mixture in parts. Also add about ½ to ¾ cup water in parts while straining the pulp.
  • With a spoon stir so that the mixture is strained well.

Making Wood Apple Juice

  • Once the mixture is strained, then add 12 tablespoons jaggery. You can also add sugar. Both jaggery and water can be adjusted as per your requirements.
  • Then add roasted cumin powder, cardamon powder and 2 pinches of black salt.
  • Mix very well.
  • Pour in glasses and serve Wood Apple Juice. You can make the juice thin or thick by adding more or less water.


  • Adjust the jaggery or sugar according to taste and if the wood apple is more sweet.
  • Opt to skip the black salt, cardamom powder and roasted cumin powder if you do not prefer these. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Wood Apple Juice | Wood Apple Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Saturated Fat 0.003g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g
Sodium 203mg9%
Potassium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 0.1g0%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.003mg0%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.01mg0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Vitamin E 0.01mg0%
Vitamin K 0.01µg0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 0.02µg0%
Iron 0.5mg3%
Magnesium 3mg1%
Phosphorus 2mg0%
Zinc 0.04mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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