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Garcinia Indica: Kokum in Hindi


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Kokum (Amsul) is also called as Vrikshamla in Indian Ayurveda. It is from mangosteen family there are two verities of kokum first is Western Ghat region Kokum with smooth texture and second is Malabar kokum (Garcinia Combogia) from south India with the texture of lines on the outer layer but the taste is the same sweetish acid taste. Kokum trees are solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow big and strong they grow in a forest environment. Now this magical fruit is available in other parts of India. It is used as a culinary agent and almost black tinged with purple. It has been used in regular cooking, syrup, juice making and soul curry recipe.

People in the India use kokum as both spice and medicine. As per Ayurveda, kokum (Amsol) helps in treating sores, healing stomach ulcers, alleviating diarrhea, improving digestion, gastritis and constipation, lessening arthritis pain, curing ear infections and preventing infection and so on…. This is a Vegetarian product.

Kokum is rich in Vitamin C, Magnesia, Potassium and Manganese which helps to control Blood presser. It is rich in antioxidant and antibacterial properties, it is an excellent cardiac tonic and may believe that it enhances the kidney function and helps to improve metabolism. Kokum may improve your brain activities also.

Kokum butter is derived from the Garcinia tree. Kokum Butter is extracted from wild-grown Kokum fruits. Kokum butter is a secret for flawless skin and ageless beauty in India for more than six thousand years preserved knowledge in Ayurveda. Kokum is a relatively hard butter, when you make any homemade beauty or body care products then you grind kokum butter with other ingredients. This natural butter is often used as a substitute for cocoa butter. It’s commonly used as a thickener for lotions, creams and body butters, as well as soaps, cosmetics, and toiletries.

Kokum Butter naturally soften the skin and restores skin flexibility. Kokum Butter specialty is, it remains in a solid state at room temperature Emollient. Non Greasy Emollient Properties, with Restorative Skin Regeneration makes Kokum butter one of the best butters for skin! Kokum butter is easily absorbed into the skin and helps to regenerate and nourish skin cells. Kokum butter is a tender way to treat skin infections, dead skin cells, dry and itchy skin, stretch marks, crack heals etc…

How to Consume:

Kokum butter lotion:  Kokum butter along with burnt sugar and organic beeswax provide natural hydration and deeply nourishes, rejuvenates, smooth and firms the skin. It is good for luxurious skin treatments. These will be ultra-rich lotions with real caramelized sugar crystals that have been used in several traditional Indian skin packs and lotions for luxurious skin treatments. It is a natural humectant; sugar attracts moisture to the skin, making it soft, supple and dew-like, for purity and freshness of fragrance add some aromatic oil like sandal, rose or nargis. For best results use on slightly damp skin just after bath or shower. Makes the skin soft, nourished and supple Provides natural hydration and makes the skin smooth, luster to the skin with the exquisite scent.

Verity of Kokum Curry: Kokum Curry will help for digestion and control acidity, consume daily after having a spicy meal. You can give this Sol kadhi a tempering of mustard seeds, cumin and Asafoetida (hing) in ghee. Just take 2 tsp of ghee in a pan, heat it. Once it is hot, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and Asafoetida and let them crackle for a few seconds. Add a few curry leaves and let them fry, pour this tempering over the prepared sol kadhi ( kokum and coconut milk mix) and mix it well.

Sol Kadhi can be made without using coconut milk too. When made without coconut, it is called Futi Kadhi. To make Futi Kadhi, soak 15-20 pieces of kokum in 2 glass of water. Strain and discard the pulp. Now add 1 tbsp sugar, salt as per taste and 1/4 tsp Asafoetida in the kokum mixture and mix until sugar dissolves completely. Add chopped coriander leaves, green chillies and grated ginger. Adjust the amount of water. Give a tempering of mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves if you wish to serve chilled.

Kokum Juice: Kokum by nature is cool that is why this can protect from sunstroke. Good for cardiac problems, control Blood presser and improve kidney function. It helps to improve brain function.

Kokum Water: Take 400g kokum and 4 litter of water and boil this mix till it remain 1 litter, filter it and now consume this daily twice a day for weight loss of weight control.

Kokum Oil: Kokum Oil is good for chopped lips and wound healing.

Kokum Milk: Kokum Milk is good in diarrhea condition, just add kokum powder in cold milk, mix well and have it. Just remember don’t take hot or warm milk otherwise it will react as constipation medicine. It react different with cold milk and hot milk.

How to Store:

The normal shelf life if the fresh fruit is almost 4 to 5 days  but dried kokum has shelf life around 60 days but if you want to increase the life of your kokum than keep it with salt rocks and store in air tight container in refrigerator.

Other Names:

Garcinia Indica, Kokum, Amsol, Amsul, Vrikshamla, Western Ghat Kokum, Malabar Kokum, Kokoumi, Zhu guo, Kokumu, Kokuma, Keakam

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