The Unusual Mootty Fruit: Mouthwatering delicious fruit!!
Scientifically named as Baccaurea motleyana, ‘mootty’ fruit is commonly known as rambi or rambai. The fruit is called ‘mootty’ in Malayalam. begin to bear fruits within four years of planting. Mootty fruit flavor sweet and sour taste, this fruit is found in forest areas. This is a tree generally growing to 9 to 12 meters in height with a short trunk and a broad crown. The evergreen leaves are shiny green on the upper surface and greenish-brown and hairy underneath. Each leaf is up to 33 centimeters long and 15 wide.
The species is dioecious, with male and female flowers growing on separate individuals. Both types of flowers are fragrant and have yellow sepals. The staminate racemes are up to 15 centimeters long and the pistillate inflorescences may reach 75 centimeters in length. The fruits are each 2 to 5 centimeters long and about two wide and grow in strands.
Each fruit has velvety pinkish, yellow, or brown skin which wrinkles at ripening and is filled with a whitish pulp containing 3 to 5 seeds. The pulp is sweet to acid in taste. They may be eaten raw or cooked or made into jam or wine. The tree is also used for shade and low-quality wood. The fruit normally grows in the forests of Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, and Wayanad districts of Kerala. Many studies have proved that the fruit has many medicinal properties. The edible fruits of Baccourea courtallensis are used as food and also in the treatment of many infectious diseases which include diarrhea, dysentery, and skin infection.
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