Nutritional Value of Bacuri fruit
Health Benefits of Bacuri fruit
Propagation and cultivation
Scientific name - Platonia insignis
Platonia insignis also known as Bacuri is considered to be one of the tastiest and healthiest among fruits. Native to South America, this fruit closely resembles papaya in color and shape. The Bacuriís insides consist of a white pulp with just about three to five seeds. The pulp surrounds the seeds and giveís a sweet and sour taste. It is also highly fragrant which probably made man curious enough to try it out.
The Bacuri tree is a dry season, deciduous tree, growing up to 25 to 40m in height. The fruit looks more like a rounded papaya with thick skin protecting the white pulp. The color also resembles the papayaís color and can grow from 7 to 14cm in length.
The Bacuri is used as a flavoring agent in Ice creams, Jellies, Jams, Pie Fillings, Ice popsicles and much more. The white meat by itself can also be consumed. A butter made from the fruit is said to be extremely effective in treating Skin problems. Skin rashes, infections and other skin related issues can be treated by Bacuri butter. It is also used as an herbal medicine for ear pain and cure insect and snake bites. Based on these applications, cultivation of this fruit can be promoted and encouraged on a great level.
Growing this fruit is fairly easy, given the fact that it does not require soil thatís rich in nutrients or other additives. Any sort of cultivation via propagation by seed, grafting or cuttings from the root do not pose any problems. However care should be taken throughout the growth. At first they should be sown in a nutrient rich, light textured ground or soil. Germination period is about two to three months, after which they are transported to nurseries for further care. This is when the plant is about 20cm tall and remains in nurseries till they are about 60cm tall.
The Bacuri fortunately is not a fussy plant and can survive through thick and thin. Based on this feature, this plant may become the next big thing in oil, forestry, agro forestry, nuts and fruits. Extensive research is being done on how to extract as much as possible from this beautiful fruit.