All you want to know about Kudampuli aka Garcinia Cambogia

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Kudampuli also known as Garcinia Cambogia is a magical fruit that has become very famous lately since it was given due importance on Dr. Oz’s show on a popular American television channel. Garcinia Cambogia is a scientific name for a tropical fruit brindleberry or Malabar Tamarind or Kudampuli that is grown along the Western Ghats and on the coasts of Kerala and Karnataka in India, Southeast Asia and in Central Africa. It is a small pumpkin shaped fruit that is green and yellow in color containing Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that is believed to help in weight loss, suppress appetite and increase muscle mass.

Kudampuli – Garcinia cambogia is commonly known as “Malabar Tamarind”. Garcinia cambogia trees are found in the tropical countries. They belong to the family Guttiferae.Kudampuli –Garcinia cambogia is a small or medium sized tree with rounded crown and horizontal or drooping branches. Leaves are dark green and shining, elliptic obovate, 2-5 inch long and 1 – 3 inch broad. The fruit, which is 4 – 5cm in diameter is green in colour changes to yellow or red when ripe and resembles a small pumpkin. It has deep longitudinal grooves (6-8) and 6 to 8 seeds.Surrounded by a succulent aril . We collect this directly from the farmers of malabar region of kerala.Unlike its name Malabar tamarind, it is a small round-shaped fruit which resembles miniature of pumpkin. The reason behind sour taste is the presence of a hydroxycitric acid which adds the sour flavour to the fruit.

Kudampuli is used in dry form like any other Indian spice. It goes through a long procedure to reach that form. The ripened fruit is plucked from vine and sun-dried. After that, it turns black and leathery in appearance. It is an exclusive element in Kerala cuisine which adds a punch of sourness to the creamy flavour of coconut. One can get pure Garcinia Cambogia from traditional markets and the villages where best Garcinia Cambogia vines are situated.

Culinary Delights:

Kudampuli as a fruit is rich in Vitamin C, has high water content but is low in fat. Kudampuli has been used for centuries in traditional fish curries instead of tamarind giving the dish a sour taste. It is used as a natural spice in many South Indian cuisines in Kerala due to its unique taste.

Health Benefits:

Kadampali is known to have anti-inflammatory properties helping to treat gastric and bowel disorders. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicines for the treatment of stomach ulcers, intestinal worms and arthritis and also helps in promoting digestion.

Besides these health benefits Kudampuli or Garcinia Cambogia is known to aid in weight loss by suppressing appetite. The HCA contained in the rind of the Kudampuli fruit prevents conversion of carbohydrates into fats with the help of an enzyme Citrate Lyase. This weight loss property of Kudampuli is seeing a rapid increase in its usage. When you order Kudampuli online from Valley Spice you will receive the product fresh from the trees in South India.

Deepu Joseph
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