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Introduction of Imbe fruit

            Scientific name - Garcinia livingstonei

Garcinia livingstonei is a traditional food plant in Africa with less popularity. This evergreen small tree grows to 6-18 m tall. Mainly grown as an ornamental fruit, they are consumed sometimes. On the stems, the flowers are produced in clusters. Just about 1-4 cm diameter, the fruit is small and bright orange in color. This thin skinned berry, with single large seed, the fruit of it is very sweet yet acidic and contains latex. The leaves of the tree is borne in opposite pairs of whorls- 3-4, each leaf blue-green, oval, 6-11 cm long and 3-5.5 cm broad. The flowers are produced in clusters on the stems. It is mainly grown as an ornamental fruit, but is sometimes eaten. The juice is known for staining very badly. Mostly eaten fresh, it is also used in drinks. It can be grown in southern Florida.

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Nutritional Value of Imbe fruit

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 63 Kcal 3%
Carbohydrates 15.6 g 12%
Protein 0.50 g 1%
Total Fat 0.4 g 2%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 5.10 g 13%
Folates 31 g 8%
Niacin 0.286 mg 2%
Pantothenic acid 0.032 mg <1%
Pyridoxine 0.041 mg 3%
Riboflavin 0.054 mg 4%
Thiamin 0.054 mg 4.5%
Vitamin A 35 IU 1%
Vitamin C 7.2 mg 12%
Sodium 7 mg 0.5%
Potassium 48 mg 1%
Calcium 5.49 mg 0.5%
Copper 0.069 mg 7%
Iron 0.17 mg 2%
Magnesium 13.9 mg 3.5%
Manganese 0.10 mg 4%
Phosphorus 9.21 mg 1%
Zinc 0.12 mg 1%
Carotene-a 1 g --
Carotene- 16 g --
Cryptoxanthin- 9 g --

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Health Benefits of Imbe fruit

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arrow The bark and root of the imbe fruit is used to prevent from tuberculosis and cancer.

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It attracts many kinds of insects and the main reason behind it is that the flowers are full of nectar that pollinates them. Sought after by animals, the seeds of the fruits are then dispersed. The seeds of the fruit are enclosed in a hard coat, compatible to protecting the flimsy embryo on its journey during the digestive system of the animal that ate the produce.

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As far as the plant propagation is concerned, they are by seed and grafting and it can be used as a rootstock for the mangosteen. The best part about the tree is that they can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and they are salt tolerant. It best suits on deep and sandy soils. Enjoying jus about year round water, they are best grown in full sun and part shade. It is a member of the Clusiaceae family the genus Garcinia.

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