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Bacuri Fruit Health Benefits

Bacuri fruit has a chunky yellow-brown, mottled skin that makes the fruit look like a rounded papaya. Its native territory extends across the border into Colombia and northeast to the humid forests of Guyana.


It’s seldom cultivated, but when the Indians clear the land for planting or pastures, they always leave this tree standing for the sake of its delicious fruits.


The latex derived from the bark is also used in veterinary practice in Guyana, and the seeds contain oil that is mixed with sweet almond oil to treat eczema and herpes.


The Bacuri fruit is very popular fruit that is widely traded in the markets of the Amazon, and is used for the production of sweets, cakes, jams, juices and ice.


It is considered an effective remedy for spider- and snake bites. It is also used in the treatment of skin problems and ear pain and is considered to be a miracle cure for rheumatism and arthritis symptoms.


Its seeds are not used and are discarded. The wide range of uses makes the bacuri one of the fruit species with the greatest potential of becoming an agricultural crop in that region.


Because it grows well on poor soils and can be vegetative propagated by root cuttings or grafting, the bacuri appears to be a promising crop for small farmers who cannot afford much fertiliser and other inputs.


Care must be taken when eating the fruit because the leathery shell contains yellow latex that is quite bitter.


The fruit range from 300 to 900 g and are 10 to 12 cm in diameter (Donadio 1983).


There can be up to 6 seeds per fruit, weighing about 20 to 40 g each. Often the seeds abort, and edible flesh fills the space which would otherwise be occupied by the normal-sized seed.

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