Red fruit, scientifically termed Pandanus Conoideus is a tropical fruit-bearing plant that goes by several common names such as Kuansu, Buah Merah, Screwpine, Marita, Oil Pandan and Red Pandanus. It is a widely grown exotic fruit in the mountain regions of Papua, Indonesia, Jayawijaya and Timika. Buah Merah or Red fruit gets its name from the Indonesian term ‘Buah’ means fruit and ‘Merah’ means red, thus the name Red fruit and looks like a huge carrot.
Red fruit grows in very large size around 100 cm in length,18 cm in diameter and weighs about 7. 5kg. The fruit head is oblong with a blunt edge and cylindrical shape, when ripe. The external skin of the fruit looks like jackfruit. This creamy tropical produce is credited to have numerous medicinal properties which were used by the natives to treat several health maladies, as well as a good supplement.
The healing traits of Red fruit were discovered by biologist Dr Made Budi in the year 2000. The native people of Indonesia were consuming large amounts of red fruits on a regular basis, and this helped them to treat several health woes. Being a powerhouse of antioxidants, omega 3 and 9 fatty acids, and beta carotene red fruit augments the body’s resistance against pathogens and boosts the immune system.
Incredible Wellness Incentives Of Red Fruit
The richness of tocopherol in red fruit aid in regulating blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity. Adding red fruit in the diabetic meal plan help to boost the working of the pancreas in producing insulin at a constant level, averts the surge of blood glucose levels and also lowers the risk of developing diabetes.
Fortifies Bone Health
Ample volumes of calcium and other essential minerals, red fruit helps in strengthening bone density and maintaining the structural integrity of the skeleton system. Adding Red fruit in the diet regularly confer with needed calcium to reinforce bones, making them fit and strong and averts the risk of osteoporosis.
Augments Brain Function
The treasure trove of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids present in red fruit bolster cognitive functions. Rich in antioxidant carotenoids, red fruit enhances brainpower and memory in kids. It works by promoting the delivery of signals from other senses to the brain, thereby improving the body’s response. Regular consumption of this fruit can trigger brain functions, sharpen memory, and uplift decision making abilities in healthy elderly people.
Enhances Eye Health
Red fruit comprises profuse amounts of vitamin A, as well as antioxidants -beta-carotene and tocopherol, which offer incredible incentives for eye health. The presence of beneficial plant compounds improves the working of the retina, conjunctiva, and optic nerve. Including red fruit as part of the regular diet corrects eye disorders caused due to vitamin A deficiency and lowers the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Red fruit or Buah Merah has shown its remarkable potential in treating AIDS. Regular intake of fruit extract helps the patient improve the body weight, make the skin glowing and promote the growth of hair again. Vast reserves of beta-carotene and tocopherol in the red fruit help to strengthen the body's immune response. Aside from this, imbued with strong antioxidants, red fruit works wonders in combatting the virus that causes AIDS and uplifts overall well-being.
Red fruit help in identifying the cancer cells in the system, thus ensuring it will not spread to other vital organs in the body. It impedes the growth of cancer cells and averts the formation of tumours. Laden with omega 3 fatty acids and potent antioxidants, red fruit supports the restoration of damaged cells and tissues in people suffering from breast cancer.
Red fruit aids in improving the blood flown in the system and ensuring that all the cells in the body get a constant supply of oxygen. This aids in controlling the blood pressure and helps the heart to efficiently pump blood, thereby making the bloodstream thinner and reducing the risk of stroke.
The fruit can be consumed fresh directly by sucking off the edible mesocarp.
The fruit is cut into pieces then boiled, roasted in a stone oven.
The creamy pulp is mashed with water and strained to make a thick, rich red sauce to flavour green veggies, banana, pumpkin, and sweet potato.
Oil extracted from the fruit is used as a flavouring agent as well as a natural coolant.