Bacupari

Bacupari is a small round fruit having a bit of acidic taste with custard-like sweetness. The fruit is indigenous to South America (Brazil- especially Amazon basin region). Their outer skin displays the blend of orange and yellow color while the pulp is white. They are the fruits of an evergreen tree that can grow as high as 30 ft.

The unripe Bacupari tastes tangy as well as acidic and their length and width ranges from 2 to 2.5 inches and 1.5 to 2 inches respectively. Their blooming and fruiting season starts from October and lasts till January. These fruits hold pleasant sweet aroma and contain around 2 to 3 seeds. It belongs to the Clusiaceae family.

Other names

  • Garcinia gardneriana (Scientific name)
  • Bacuri mirim
  • Tatairu
  • Achachairu
  • Abrico do mato
  • Bacopari
  • Pacura
  • Achycharii
  • Guapom
  • Bacupari liso
  • Charichuelo
  • Escropari
  • Pacuri
  • Bacupare
  • Mangostao-amarelo
  • Remelento
  • Bacopari-miudo

Availability

Bacupari plants are significantly found in the Amazon basin spread across South America. They are widely distributed in Peru, Paraguay, Australia, Ecuador, Amazon, French Guiana, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela. However, they are also prevalent in some specific regions of Southeast Asia.

Nutritional Content

Nutrients Value
Proteins 0.8 gm
Vitamin B6 0.05 mg
Carbohydrates 14.9 gm
Phosphorous 20 mg
Vitamin B2 0.04 mg
Iron 0.2 mg
Vitamin C 10.3 mg
Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid 0.1 mg
Ferrous Saturated Fatty Acid 0.3 mg
Lipids 0.7 mg
Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acid 0.1 mg
Water 83.1 gm
Energy 62 Kcal
Calcium 6 mg
Fiber 1.7 gm
Potassium 128 mg

Health Benefits

  • Seeds and bark prevent cavities and fights against germs
  • Possesses anti-cancerous properties
  • Its yellow resins are used to treat wounds
  • Seeds, leaves, and barks are an effective treatment for healing skin disorders
  • Cures infections associated with urinary tract
  • Infused pulp has a narcotic effect
  • Oil present in the seed is useful in preparing poultices for wounds, tumors, and whitlows

Side Effects

Overconsumption of the fruit can lead to discomfort and stomach upset otherwise it does not cause any allergies or side effects.

Uses

  • Leaves hold anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the discomfort aroused by inflammation
  • Helps in reducing weight due to its fat neutralizing features
  • Used to make several jams and desserts
  • Utilized in making delicious cuisines
  • Eaten fresh and raw
  • Wood is used as fuel, flooring, making furniture and administering heavy construction

During Pregnancy

There are no adverse effects of consuming Bacupari during pregnancy, but it is advisable to seek medical attention and expert suggestions before adding this fruit to your diet.

How to Eat?

  • Peel off the skin with your fingers
  • Separate the juicy white pulp
  • Throw out the 2-3 seeds present inside the flesh

How to Store?

They can be preserved in a refrigerator at a normal temperature. Bacupari has an average shelf life, therefore, at room temperature in a dark and humid place they can survive for a few days. However, the preferred and suitable temperature to store this fruit is 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

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