Medicinal use:

Garlic pear is a good source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Consuming 228 gram of garlic pear offers 123.3 mg of Vitamin C, 3.67 mg of Iron, 12.1 g of Total Dietary Fiber, 40.13 g of Carbohydrate, 0.415 mg of Manganese, 107 mg of Phosphorus, 693 mg of Potassium, 0.13 mg of Copper and 55 mg of Magnesium. It boosts Immunity system.

Varuna is used by traditional Ayurvedic herbalists to increase appetite while stimulating digestion and elimination and also as an herbal treatment for flatulence and abdominal pain.

About the plant:

Crateva religiosa, the sacred garlic pear or temple plant, is a species of flowering medium sized tree. The tree is sometimes called the spider tree because the showy flowers bear long, spidery stamens. The fruit of the tree is edible and high in vitamin C. The nectar-filled flowers are attractive to a multitude of insects and birds.

How to use:

Berry like fruits are edible and used as astringent. Young shoots and fruits are eaten and used in curries. Fruits are used as a spice because of its garlic taste.

How to use:

A decoction of roots and leaves are used for fever, kidney stones.


Consult an Ayurvedic Doctor before consuming the herb.

Vernacular names:

English: Garlic pear tree, Caper tree, Three-leaf caper, Obtuse Leaf Crateva
Hindi: Barna, Barni
Manipuri: Loiyumba lei
Tamil: Marvilinga
Bengali: Barun
Malayalam: Nir mathalam
Kannada: Nirvala
Telugu: Voolemara