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Achacha Fruit Health Benefits

Garcinia humilis, known commonly as Achacha, is a small, prolifically-fruiting tree related to the mangosteen. It is grown traditionally in Bolivia. It takes on a reddish-orange shade when mature. There is usually one significant coffee-coloured seed, but larger fruit may have more than one seed.


The fruit grows to around six centimetres in length and has a bright glossy orange surface around the edible white pulp, which in turn contains one or two brown seeds.


The rather tough, bitter rind can be split open with a knife or with the teeth, and the edible part of the fruit sucked off the seed. The taste is described as both bitter and sweet.


The Achacha is a highly prized tropical fruit. It is refreshing to eat, at ambient temperature, but even more stunning when served cold or even frozen.


There is a fine balance between its sweetness and its acidity, creating a unique taste sensation. An exciting feature of the Achacha fruit is that it does not ripen further once harvested. So technically it is a non-climacteric fruit, like the pineapple, cherry, and orange.


Fruits are renowned for their rich antioxidant content, particularly berries and tropical fruits like Achacha, this along with their unique nutrient composition, folate, potassium and vitamin C.


Studies have shown hydroxycitrate in Achacha has unique properties that may help people who are looking to maintain a healthy body weight, when included as a part of a kilojoule-controlled eating plan.


Eating foods such as fruits that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.


Eating a diet rich in some fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers. Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.


Fruit sources of potassium include bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, orange juice and of course Achacha.

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