Garcinia pedunculata is known commonly as Sohdanei in Khasi. It is a wild fruit with huge medicinal qualities that Zizira’s explorers have trained their spotlight on. A medium-sized edible fruit, found growing wild in the foothills of the Himalayas has been found to be a great help in solving modern world’s great curse: obesity. It helps reduce weight and more.
Garcinia pedunculata is another of Zizira’s discoveries among local traditional delicacies and we aim to give you the best of it in a simplified way.
Wondering What the Fruits Look Like?
Garcinia pedunculata or Sohdanei is a medium sized green fruit which turns yellowish once ripe. Mature fruits range from 8-12 cm in diameter with a fleshy aril which enclose 4-8 seeds. Here is a photo of Sohdanei.
A Special Component of Sohdanei
Sohdanei is a traditional wild fruit found in the foothills of the Himalayas and distributed along Northeastern states of India. It is believed to be useful in helping weight loss. What makes it so? Sohdanei is believed to be a rich source of hydroxycitric acid (HCA).
HCA is known as a weight reducing agent and is found in the rind of Sohdanei. HCA is believed to be the principle acid in Sohdanei (Garcinia pedunculata). Team Zizira leveraged the properties of this unique produce and came up with a special tea from the hills of Meghalaya.
Did you know?
Sohdanei consists 20.1% of an organic acid called hydroxycitric acid, which is the believed to be helpful in reducing weight. Source
How Does it Grow?
It is not easy to propagate as the Sohdanei seeds take time to germinate, sometimes taking as long as 6 months! It grows into a medium sized tree. It has short distributed branches with large pale green flowers. The tree starts bearing flowers by Sept-Oct. The harvesting season for this fruit is the end of January. April sees the fruit fully ripe.
Sohdanei grows in a tree where the leaves and the seeds are said to have medicinal benefits. The fruit is believed to be used as an antiscorbutic (a medicine that prevents scurvy). Sohdanei is also known to be rich in antioxidants. It is also believed to be helpful in addressing gastric issues and rheumatic pain. Due to its high HCA content, it is believed to be useful as a natural antiobese agent.
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The Multi-purpose Uses of Garcinia pedunculata
- Add Sohdanei pieces while brewing tea and enjoy every sip.
- It can be eaten raw or cooked.
- Add it to curries to add sourness
- Sohdanei is also used for enhancing the flavor while fermenting bamboo shoot. Fermented bamboo shoot is a traditional food in the northeastern states which help to extend the storage life of bamboo shoots and adds a unique aroma and taste.
The food lab at Zizira is determined to identify the best and unique produce from Meghalaya and reach to those in search of healthy food options. We would love to hear from you. Add your comment and share with us your valuable experience.