Kannada: ಮುರ್ಗಿನ ಹುಳಿ Malayalam: കാട്ടമ്പി / kaattampi Marati: भिरींड / bheranda Sanskrit: वृक्षामला / vrikshamla Telugu: కొకుం Tamil: முருகல் KOKUM’s botanical name is Garcinia indica. It is a tiny fruit which is red in colour when it is raw and turns into deep purple when it ripens. It is then dried and used as a culinary and medicinal agent in most of the houses. KOKUM is indigenous to India specifically in southern part/Western Ghats of India. This fruit with various medicinal benefits is also used as a key component in the spices of Indian cuisines, especially in Gujarati and South Indian dishes. It is cultivated in western coastal regions that include Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, and Kerala. Use of KOKUM: The dried version of KOKUM is used in daily preparation in most of the Marathi, Gujarati, Konkan, Kerala and Goan cuisines. They are added to veggies, dals and curries to give it a sour taste and obviously reap its other benefits too. BENEFITS OF KOKUM: 1. Anti-oxidants: KOKUM fruits are packed with antioxidants which ensure protection from all the worldly diseases. It also promotes cell regeneration and repair which makes it an important nutrient to consider for cancer patients. It’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties stops the growth of cancerous cells. 2. Get rid on your allergies: It can be used as an application to get relief from any allergic skin rashes. Applying KOKUM butter on cracked heal has proved to be an excellent cure. KOKUM butter, an emollient similar to shea or cocoa butter, is often used in cosmetics such as lipsticks, moisturizing creams, conditioners and soaps. 3. Beat the body heat: People store them to use it as a coolant and refreshing drink in scorching summer heat. It can be used as thirst quencher throughout the year by adding to your bottle of water. 4. Get relief from all digestive issues: * Constipation: Approximately 500 mg of dried KOKUM fruits if taken at night, helps to ease constipation. * Hyper acidity: In 1 litre of water, drop 6 to 7 dried KOKUM and keep sipping it throughout the day to get relief from acidity. * Flatulence: Make a nice mixture of KOKUM, ginger, organic honey and get quick relief from flatulence, stomach pain and gaseous distension. * Indigestion: KOKUM has always help to get quick relief. Carry KOKUM along with black pepper wherever you go. Add it to your water and sip it. Apart from all these, name any gastric and digestive issues like piles, fistula, dysentary, kokum has shown wonders. Not to forget about its antihelmintic (against worms) properties. You can give it to your kids to cleanse their system too. 5. Aids in weight loss: The hypocholesterolaemic agent, suppresses the activity of the enzymes responsible for conversion of calories into fat. It induces weight loss by hindering with the process of lipogenesis (fatty acid synthesis). NUTRITIONAL VALUE: Nutritional value of KOKUM is amazing. It is low in calories, no saturated fats and high in fiber. Apart from this it is rich in Vitamin C and also contains vital minerals such as Potassium, Manganese and Magnesium.WOW! What a power packed food. Source: GOQII Blog STORAGE: Dried Kokum can be stored in an airtight jar or container for years.