Garcinia Cambogia 101

What Is Garcinia Cambogia?

Garcinia Cambogia (Garcinia gummi-gutta or G. gummi-gutta) is an species of tropical fruit grown in the South Western Hemisphere of the world. This exotic fruit is native to Indonesia, but has been cultivated in Central and West Africa, as well as India, Coatal Karnatake/Kerala and Southeast Asia. It grows upon the branches of tall Garcinia gummi-gutta trees in jungles and rain forests.

Description Of Garcinia Fruit

The Garcinia Cambogia Fruit is often described has having the appearance of a small pumpkin. This is because of its deep vertical lobes. The coloration when ripe can range from a pale to bright yellow, orange, green and even a reddish-purple. Color gradations can occur in a wide variety.

A fully ripened Garcinia Fruit may be compare in size to an orange or up to that of grapefruit. It has a thin layer of waxy skin. Just inside of the skin is a comparatively thick, firm rind. In the center the pulpy fruit containing a seed.

Common Names Of Garcinia Cambogia:

  • Garcinia gummi-gutta
  • Garcinia Gambooge
  • Northern Tamarind
  • Malabar Tamarind
  • Pot Tamarind
  • Brindall Berry
  • Brindleberry
  • Vadakkan Puli
  • Kudam Puli
  • Katcha Puli
  • Assam Fruit

Garcinia Cambogia Cultivation

Originally, the Garcnia fruit grew wild in regions of Indonesia. However, as it thrives in most damp forests, it has been cultivated in other parts of the world. This includes Africa, India and Southeast Asia. There are a variety of Garcinia species, but the Gummi-gutta is one of the most predominant.

This plant is known for tart flavor. In South India, it is known simply as Katcha Puli or souring fruit. Valued for its sour flavor, it is utilizes for its culinary uses.

How Is Garcinia Cambogia Used?

Garcinia is used for two primary purposes. Traditionally, G. Gummi-Gutta was simply eaten right from the tree, like an orange. Later, it used in preparation for a variety of dishes. Some cultures also use it for medicinal purposes. More recently, it has made rounds through the world as a source of “natural weight loss.”

Culinary Uses:
The G. Gummi-Gutta fruit has been utilized in many cooking preparations. The fruit rind and extracts are included in a variety of traditional recipes, included many types of curries. Due to its sour flavors, it is used as a souring ingredient in dishes such as Kaeng som (sour curry) in Southern Thailand. In Sri Lank and South India, Garcinia is used to cure fish commercially. These trees are found in heavily forested areas, as well as, plantations that are protected.

Can Garcinia be Used for Weight Loss?

Garcinia Cambogia Extract has been used in a number of weight loss supplements. Dried fruit rind is used to extract the compound known as Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA). This is the main constituation promoted in the many weight loss supplements sold in stores and online. Manufacturers of Garcinia supplements promote them as natural antiobesity agents because of their purported weight loss support.

What are the Medicinal Purposes of Garcinia?

Ayurveda Medicine is a system rooted historical in the Indian Subcontinent. Practitioners of this alternative type of medicine promote Garcinia as a digestive aid.

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