Garcinia Indica is also widely known as ‘Kokum’ in India. It is a small deep purple to black color sticky fruit. It has curly edges and the natural exterior cover of the fruit is dried and used as a spice. It gives apiquant flavor as it contains garcinol, citric acid and hydroxy acetic acid.
Both the peel and juice are used for cuisine in India. Kokum has numerous health benefits. In India traditional Ayurveda uses kokum as a homemade treatment for various skin ailments especially because of its soothing effect on the body.
It is rich in antioxidant, regenerates fat metabolism, it is known to resist cholesterol, an antacid, aids in weight loss, a good appetizer and an effectual coolant beneficial in easing gastric ailments like acidity, indigestion and constipation.