While not everyone knows about this cypress plant, the fruit and the plant are more known among elders who like to cook, especially in the Malay community. The name of the fruit is widely known as Garcinia Cambogia. In Asia itself, the fruit is commonly called Gelugur Acid. Through its unique shape, which is similar to mini pumpkins, this fruit is fallen within the mangosteen family. The plant which is originated from India is co-known as pieces acid after the fruit is dried. The color of the fruit is green and golden yellow when it is old.
If the fruit is still green, it will taste like acid chelates in addition to sour. The Malays used to call this as gelugur acid or wood chips. In English, it is also called Gandarusa. In addition, on Indonesian country, the core of gelugur acid is also widely grown in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and India.
Gelugur tamarind tree can grow and reach a height of 20 meters. The trunk has a smooth gray bark and branches dangle into the ground. Gelugur tamarind tree leaves appear in shiny dark green with red flowers attached.
The tree which belongs to the family of Guttiferea has received wide attention recently. The fruit that has been boiled is said to be able to be used as a food to reduce weight.
To take the advantage of this gelugur fruit, it can be thinly sliced and then dried under the sun to dry. Gelugur acid is widely used in the cuisines of Sumatra, and it gives a sour taste as if we use tamarind water.
Its leaves and its flowers taste fatty, slightly sour and bitter sweet. The fruit? Of course, tastes very sour! However, despite its sour taste, tamarind has many health benefits. The fruit is said to contain citric acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, ascorbic acid, which acts as an anti-bacterial, hydroxycitric acids, flavonoids, fiber, vitamin botanical amine, and minerals.
If the pieces of fruit are dried under the sun, the color will change to brown as sold in the market. Drying process takes almost a week to 12 days to get the quality dried tamarind. With that being said, there were women who are drinking acidic water, reducing their weight.
Tamarind fruit which has been old can be sliced and used in cooking. Tamarind can also be boiled in sugar and eaten as pickles.
Apparently, the tamarind or Garcinia cambogia (botanical name) offers many benefits both in treetop treatment as well as food flavoring. Normally, it is used in Indonesia on culinary menus that made from fish.
Tamarind is being sold in leading supermarkets and traditional markets. How to use it? Just slice the tamarind thinly, and add 2-4 pieces of it inside your ingredients. Tamarind, also called Malabar Tamarind and Brindle Berry, is now widely used for weight loss products in Europe. In ancient Indian medicine (Ayurveda), the use of tamarind is also a utilized to address the illness caused by worms, parasites, and tumors.
The Ability to Reduce Fat
Why tamarind is so nutritious? The answer is, tamarind fruit contains an ingredient called hydroxycitric acid or HCA, which had been a study of the food science. Evidently, tamarind can help to curb appetite and speed up the decomposition of body fat in humans and animals. HCA acts by blocking sugars and carbohydrates turn into fat. This means, HCA is believed to be helping inhibit fat production. Recent findings are obtained through an increase in the level of certain chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, which has a function in regulating appetite. HCA is also said to reduce appetite. The extract of garcinia cambogia is greatly produced by many health manufacturers and sold it to the market.
A decoction of tamarind pods can also be used to treat rheumatism and stomach problems. In addition, the fruit can reduce high blood pressure. In the past, a boiling water of tamarind leaves and roots is used to treat cure earache. Tamarind fruit is also said to relieve the pain of the gums.
In addition to the above properties, tamarind also has other benefits, such as:
By consuming the leaves, flowers or fruit of tamarind, it will reduce high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Its fruit, flower, and bud are very useful as an antioxidant. For those who are diligent to consume these, this will help them to stay younger. Tamarind can also be made into juice and can help reduce the cholesterol in the body.