Mundu (G. Dulcis)


Garcinia dulcis, also known as mundu, maphuut or rata, is a tropical evergreen fruit tree that can grow up to 15m tall.

It prolifically produces fruit that when ripe are orange in colour. The fruit contains a sour, juicy, pulp that can be preserved into jam. The unripe green fruit when cut produces a neon yellow resin called gamboge which can be used as a yellow dye. The bark of the tree can also be used to create a green dye.

There are applications of using different parts of the tree medicinally. The leaves have been shown to have antimicrobial properties.

Garcinia fruits contain xanthones, flavones, and triterpenoids as the bioactive phytochemicals besides the leaves and twig of Garcinia trees.

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