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Garcinia Cambogia Fruits - Malabar Tamarind
Garcinia Cambogia fruit extract known for weight loss is made from fresh Garcinia Cambogia fruits also called as Garcinia Gummi - Gutta.
Read here all information about fresh and dried garcinia cambogia fruits.
Garcinia Cambogia also known as Garcinia gummi - gutta (popularly known by the name Kudampuli in Kerala, a South Indian state) is a fruit used in cooking in many parts of the world. This fruit has recently got a speculation regarding its use for weight loss even though this is not scientifically proved. Garcinia Cambogia is also known as Malabar tamarind in Southern India as this is a kind of tamarind especially popular in Malabar region.
We are not discussing any weight loss aspects of garcinia cambogia extract or fruits in this article, because honestly I don't know much about its use in regards with weight loss. Rather, I am sharing all the information I know about the fresh and dried garcinia cambogia fruits in cooking, as it is used in many parts of the world.
I actually grew up in a place where this fruit is widely used for daily cooking.
Garcinia Cambogia is also known as Garcinia gummi-gutta which is produced in an evergreen tree, and this fruit is sour. I have seen this tree growing mainly in northern parts of Kerala, which is a South Indian state.
This tree is growing in many parts of Africa too. Other than the name Kudampuli as used in Malayalam language, Garcinia Cambogia or Garcinia gummi-gutta fruit has got many other regional names too.
The Garcinia Cambogia fruit is sour, looks green when unripe and it has the shape of small pumpkins. As it ripens, it turns pale yellow. It is usually sold in markets in dried form which looks dark brown or black.
Garcinia cambogia fruit is similar to tamarind ( which is also sour) and it is also known as pot tamarind in South India since it also resembles small pots. I may also use the word pot tamarind in this hub, since I am more familiar with this word.
The main purpose of using pot tamarind in food is to provide sourness to food, especially soups and stews. It is also said to be good for aiding digestion and relieve problems related to acidity. Garcinia Cambogia or pot tamarinds have more health benefits than tamarinds.
How to use fresh garcinia cambogia fruit in food?
As I mentioned above, garcinia cambogia also known as pot tamarinds are usually available from markets in dried form which is added during preparation of soups and stews to impart sourness to the dish.
Everyone doesn't like sour dishes, so this fruit may not be a right choice for you if you don't prefer sourness. Usually 2 or 3 small pieces of pot tamarinds are enough to provide medium sourness to the dish, so you can simply add the pieces of the dried fruit while you cook the dish.
Most of the people do not eat the pot tamarind pieces in the dish, while they enjoy the sourness it gives to the food. This is because the pieces will be usually too sour.
Other Uses Of Garcinia Cambogia Fruits
Garcinia Cambogia fruit has some medicinal uses, as its extract is used in many traditional medicines mainly to improve digestion. Recently there were speculations that the extract of this fruit can help with weight loss due to the presence of Hydroxicitric acid which is a derivative of citric acid which can promote lipid metabolism and reduce fat content.
However studies indicate that this might be helpful in only losing a few pounds which is not very significant. Also it is not advisable to take garcinia cambogia in excess, as it may cause negative effects.
So moderation is the key here also, and more importantly if you take anything regularly as a medicine please check with your doctor before doing so.
Growing Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Trees
Garcinia Cambogia fruit trees grow commonly in tropical and sub tropical regions, so you can easily grow them in your yard if you live in tropical regions with moderate to warm temperatures.
If you live in places with extreme cold temperatures, it is even possible to grow them in large pots and move them inside your home if you have high roof rooms. The trees may reach up to 15 feet height or more and they need enough soil for the roots to spread.
Consider planting them in 20 gallon pots under a high roof, if you really have to grow them indoor. However, the best conditions to grow this tree is to grow it in your garden outdoors where it can have good exposure to sun and enjoy warm or moderate temperatures.
Usually the trees start to produce the garcinia cambogia fruits in 3 to 4 years of time.
What to do with fresh Garcinia Cambogia fruits in your garden
These fruits are not edible in its raw form and they give maximum benefits when they are sun dried. So if you have fresh Garcinia Cambogia fruits in your home, you can remove the skin, cut them and add the pieces to your dishes while cooking.
However, you need only very little to give sourness to your dishes. So if you have got so many fruits you may need to preserve them for future use. This can be done by drying the fruits under good sunlight for several days. Once the fruits are very well dried, the fruits turn dark in color and they shrink in size.
You can preserve the dried fruits in airtight containers for a long time with out getting spoiled and add them to your dishes when ever you want.
Have you ever seen this fruit?
The dried Garcinia Cambogia fruit might be a little expensive, but its the kind that is used in South India for cooking.
Moderate use in food is believed to have health benefits and used by people from a very long time, but if you decide to use the extract as a supplement or medicine, you may need to check with your doctor first.