Jacote fruit or Spondias Purpurea, commonly called Spanish Plum, Seriguela, is still in the same species as Cashew nuts. Anacardiaceae, native to tropical America, the West Indies included. This jacote plant was considered a plant from the islands of Africa, India, Sri Lanka, The Bahamas, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the Caribbean.
Though many of you might not have heard about it earlier, it is a delicious fruit and comes from the mango family. Many people who love to eat this fruit also tell me that this fruit tastes like eating mango pudding.
The fruit though not a very popular one but still has many benefits on the health and is also used as a medicinal plant in some parts of the world. With a great taste and a sweet fragrance, this is a must-try if you love to try out on different things. It does not look good or have a beautiful look but will surely help you enjoy a great taste.
This plant is widely cultivated in Brazil’s eastern part, so many Brazilian homes have Spanish plums. Brazil is a country with an extraordinary abundance of fruits. The fruits here are of high quality; this fruit is called jacote in the Brazilian region. Jacote comes from the Nahuatl word cocotte, which means tamarind fruit of all kinds.
But if it is perfectly ripe, jacote fruit will taste different. It is a sweet fruit. Jacote has numerous names and varies by region. Brazilian Plum, Ciruela, Chile Plum, Hog Plum, Jamaica Plum, Wild Plum, Ovo, Jocote, Scarlet Plum, Purple Jobo, Spanish Plum, Purple Mombin, and Red Mombin are among the names.
Many jacote fruits are sold on the roadside and in markets. The travelers from Spain who went to the Philippines brought these plants to the Philippines. Because of the large availability of land, they were planted there widely. While it is not yet ripe, jacote fruit is often eaten directly, usually eaten with added salt or lime to increase appetite and appetite.
What is Jacote?
Jocote is a drupe fleshy fruit, with a color between red and orange and a large seed with a sweet and sour taste. It is either eaten fresh, cooked or made from sugar syrups.
It belongs to the same family as mangoes. It is native to Central American tropical regions such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Panama.
It got its name from the cocotte of Nahuatl language, a scientific classification of the sour fruits in that language.
Jocote and Ciruela are their names in Spanish, but what do we call Jocote in English? Well, it’s called Red Mombin, Purple Mombin, or Red Hog plum with the most common name as the Spanish Plum, in English.
- This fruit is used in Mexico as a diuretic (causing increased urine passage) and antispasmodic (sudden muscle contraction, for which a massager is used).
- Its fruit is decocted to heal mouth sores and bathe wounds.
- Their syrups are used to overcome chronic diarrhea.
- Her barks are decocted to treat mange, ulcers, and intestinal gas-induced bloating.
- The aqueous leaf extract has antibacterial properties.
- The tree’s gum-resin is blended with pineapple for jaundice treatment.
What Does The Jaocte Plant Looks Like?
Fruit color ranges from green to dark yellow and red. Sometimes even a green jocote may be ripe, so your best bet is to squeeze it gently with your fingers. The softer the fruit tends to be, the sweeter its flavors. Jocotes are usually eaten raw for use in other dishes, but may also be dried or boiled. Each fruit has a single seed, and although a little thick, the skin is edible.
Jocote, also known as Spanish plum, is a small plant that grows to a height of 7 meters, spreading its crown. Jacote grows a lot in shrubs, in fences, meadows, and elsewhere.
This plant performs well in a wide range of soils, including sandy, gravel, loamy loam, or even calcareous soils. The stem is about 30-80 cm big in diameter. The skin is a deep grey, rough, cracked, and dense. When the stem gets injured, the sap and the exudate will come out. The branches tend to grow horizontally and are generally very screwy.
Leaves of the Spanish Plum
Now we look more specifically at the leaves after we know how the jack plant’s characteristics are. The leaves are compound, pinnate, bronze-red in color, and some are even purple when young. When young or bronze-red, pinnately compound a purplish. With 5–12 pairs of elliptical-ovate, sub-sessile leaflets, 2-6 cm long by 1.25 cm wide, and shallowly dented towards the acute apex, oblique base, fall before the period of bloom.
What are the benefits of the Jacote fruit?
Jacote fruit is a healthy fruit that should be eaten a great deal. Now that plant has spread all over the world. The taste is still sour and should be eaten with its own charm.
The fruit of jacote is rich in nutrients, whether minerals or vitamins. Jocote (Spanish Plum) has several health benefits due to the high content of these nutrients. Below we’ll look at the advantages and uses of jacote or Spanish plum.
Helps In Keeping Your Weight Balanced
Jacote is fiber rich that helps keep you feeling full longer. This is good for meal intervals because your stomach still feels full; you certainly don’t want to eat quickly. In addition to being rich in fiber, seriguela is also low in calories, which contains only 76 calories in 100 grams. It is rich in vitamins and other nutrients that are essential to health.
Offers Plenty Of Energy
Jacote fruit contains lots of carbohydrates and iron that play an important role in energy provision. For sportsmen, consuming fruit (Spanish Plum) is very good because it can relieve fatigue and speed up new energy supply.
Acts As A Great Food For Improving Your Digestion
Spanish Plum fruit is rich in fiber, which is great for digestion. It is good to maintain bowel function and treat ailments such as diarrhea, dysentery, and it is good to get rid of gas in the stomach.
It Is A Great Product To Keep Your Body Fit
Jocote (Spanish Plum) is also rich in antioxidants, which are important compounds that help combat foreign objects or toxins entering the body. It gives a good fight to the unwanted things in your body and throws them out.
Is excellent for curing seizures
The fruit of Seriguela also contains vitamins, potassium, and calcium, which are very important in reducing muscle contraction and spasms. This kind of health problem occurs when you have a deficiency of some minerals in the body. This also effects if you have less amount of vitamins in your diet.
What Are The Uses Of The Fruit Jacote?
Now that you know a lot about the fruit Jacote, let us get to know more about the uses of the same:
- Jacote fruit is a diuretic, so it can be used to release toxins
- The fruit is used as water to purify mouth sores.
- Jacote fruit can be made into a syrup for chronic diarrhea
- It also helps in curing the vomiting problems
- Some parts also use jacote syrup as a remedy for angina, while it is used as a laxative in Dominica.
- The French use this plant as an astringent, which is used as a jam in laxatives.
- The fruit is one of the best ones loved by the cattle.
- It is also used as the main ingredient in many soaps.
- The wood of the Jacote plant is used to make the paper as it is soft and flexible.
During the harvest season, you will find them across the country at farmers ‘ markets, stands along the roadside, and grocers. Usually, I can pick up a 20-jocote bag for less than $2 and enjoy the guilt-free snacking on this nutritional fruit for a week. Jocote is also thought to be high in antioxidants and a natural source of vitamin C, to help with digestion.
This is one of my favorite fruits in Costa Rica, and I’m always happy to share it with friends and family from the States who visit. Be sure to give them a try next time you’re out shopping; you might just get hooked on their unique flavor!
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