Conkerberry is a shrub that originated in India, Burma, and Ceylon. It is also named bush plum. The tree gives us yummy conkerberries. It is quite famous in India, where it is called wild karonda. The fruit is small, oval-shaped, and to be honest, it looks cute.
The color of the conkerberries ranges from white to pink and from pink to black or reddish-purple. The taste of the berries is unique. It is somewhere between sour and sweet. It gets sweeter when it gets fully ripe.
So, you may want to know that whether this cute and unique flavored fruit goes bad or not? Yes, it can go bad if it is not stored properly. Don’t worry! We are here to tell you the ways about its storage as well as its health benefits. So, carry on reading the article.
How to store conkerberry
Conkerberries can be eaten raw or cooked. It is used as an ingredient in making jams and jellies. A hundred grams of berries give you forty-seven calories. The fruit gives you 91% moisture. So, it is very refreshing for you.
We can store the conkerberries. Here are some of the ways to store them.
Keep it in the pantry
If you have bought few conkerberries just for yourself and plan to eat them while watching a movie. Great! Then, you can keep the berries in the pantry. Conkerberries will remain fresh at room temperature for few days.
At room temperature, berries have the best and most refreshing flavor. One amazing benefit of eating conkerberries is that they strengthen your cardiac muscles. It also lowers the risk of heart diseases.
For storing it for longer, it is best to store the conkerberries in the refrigerator. Before putting them in the refrigerator, make sure they are fully ripe. Un ripe berries will not get ripen in the refrigerator.
Take the berries, wash them and then dry them properly. Place the berries in a clean container or jar lined with a paper towel. Remove any rotten pieces if present. The lid should not be tightly sealed to make sure extra moisture can leave the jar.
Another way of storing the conkerberries is canning. First, wash the berries to remove all the dirt. Boil the berries in water for 30 minutes and then strain them. Take clean jars and fill them with hot juice. Cover them, but don’t forget to leave some space about half an inch.
Fill the jars with berries. Shake a bit while you are filling the jars.
How to freeze conkerberries?
Conkerberries are a good source of vitamin C and B. As we all know, vitamin C is really good for the skin. So, if you want to glow, go and eat the delightful conkerberries. It is also used to treat fever and improves digestion.
If you are going to crave this fruit in the off-season, then why not freeze it? Yes, you can freeze the berries and eat them anytime you want. It is simple and easy. First, you have to wash the berries properly to remove the dirt and then dry them.
Now make sure that the berries are placed in a single layer on the baking sheet and put it in the freezer. Once frozen, please remove them and pack your conkerberries in the air-tight jar or container. Make sure to seal the jar tightly. Place it in the freezer. See you got this!
How long do the conkerberries last?
An interesting fact about conkerberries which is a shrub too is that it is used to treat toothache. You don’t have to take appointments and go to the doctor. You can boil the leaves and apply them to your gums. Isn’t it great about the conkerberries!
The shelf of conkerberries is small. You can keep the berries at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Do you know? A good and simple technique to increase berries’ shelf life is to give them a bath of vinegar and water solution. Boom! Now they can be stored for 10 days at room temperature.
If you have stored the berries in the refrigerator, they will last for about 5 to 7 days. In the freezer, you can store conkerberries for about 3 to 4 months.
How to tell if conkerberries are bad?
Due to the unique sweet and sour flavor of conkerberries, they are used in various dishes. Everyone likes the cute and yummy fruit. Proper hygiene and cleanliness are very important to maintain your berries fresh.
The question that may pop up in your head after learning a lot about conkerberries is how to tell if they have gone bad? Don’t worry! We are here to acknowledge you. Just remember the few points mentioned below.
- First, check for the presence of white spots over the berries. If you see one, it means mold has grown. It should not be consumed.
- If the berries feel so soft and mushy, then most probably they have spoiled.
- Check for the smell if you notice any foul smell coming from the berries. They are not safe to eat.