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Often used as a substitute for almonds, Charoli seeds are full of health benefitting nutrients and an important element in Ayurvedic medicine. Charoli (Buchanania lanzan) or the Chironji tree is a native to India found growing abundantly in the North Western parts of the country. It is most popular for its seeds that are considered to be a delicacy. The oval and flat seeds that are enclosed in a hard seed coat are similar to the pine nut. Toasting or roasting the Chironji seeds brings out the best flavor in them. Chironji fruits are considered to be one of the most delicious fruits. The roots, fruits, leaves, seeds and gum of this tree are used for various medicinal purposes in India. Charoli seeds are a commonly used ingredient in the preparation of many Indian sweets as well as savory items. Amongst various names, it is alos known as – Almondette, calumpong nut, cheronjee nut, Cherauli nut, Cuddapah almond, Hamilton mombin,piyal, char, sarop, Kolamavu, Kattuma, charu/chanhra (Oriya), kole maavu (kannada), muungaappeezh/ nuramaram (Malayalam), akhatth / muni / piyaal / prasavakh / rajanadanha / upavatth (Sanskrit), charam (Tamil) charumamidi / priyaluvu / raj-adanamu (Telugu), habb-us-simanaa, saaraapparuppu, mudaima, morala. Nutritional profile of Charoli seeds Charoli seeds are relatively low in calories and are a good source of protein and fat (59 grams per 100 grams of charoli seeds). They contain good amounts of dietary fiber. Charoli provides you with vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and niacin. Minerals like calcium, phosphorus and iron are also found in high amounts in these seeds. Chironji fruit contains hard nut which on decortications bears seed which contain more than 50% oil by weight.