Santol fruit

Santol fruit

Santol is a fruit tree growing in Southeast Asia. Santol is an evergreen fast-growing tree with a height of 15 - 45 m. the Fruit is spherical, 4-7. 5 cm in diameter.
The santol fruit is edible in raw form. It is also used to make jams, jellies, marmalade and alcoholic beverages. Santol seeds are inedible and can lead to intestinal disorders. The wood of the santol is easy in processing and polishing. Leaves and bark are used in medicine for the preparation of poultices, some of the leaves have anti-inflammatory effects. Also in the experiments it was found that extracts from the stem of santol have an anti-cancer effect. The extract from the seeds of the santol has insecticidal properties. For its taste of santol still inferior to mangostine. However, the content of magnesium,iron and fluorine is not inferior. Therefore, the fruit is recommended for use in cardiovascular diseases and a means to strengthen bone tissue. Santol can be eaten fresh, but it also turns out a great jam, marmalade, jelly. On the fruits of santola, the local population insists on alcoholic beverages, which are very popular. Santol has a restorative effect, is indicated for weakened immunity (a lot of vitamins) and diseases of the cardiovascular system (contains a large amount of potassium). Santol is also useful for the health of bones and teeth, as it is rich in calcium and phosphorus. Economic importance is also the wood of the plant, which is easily processed with joinery tools and perfectly polished, so it is widely used for the manufacture of furniture. Bark and leaves are used for medical purposes for the preparation of various poultices. Santola leaves have an anti-inflammatory effect. Recently, scientists have found that the extract from the stem of this plant has a pronounced anti-cancer effect. And the extract from the seeds of santola is used as an insecticide to combat harmful insects.
Since mid-July, santol is sold everywhere in Thailand - in supermarkets, markets, trucks and cars. In Thailand, santol is also called Kraton "krathon". Nondescript in appearance, santol has interesting qualities: the fruit can be the size of an orange and the size of Pamela. The taste of the fruit varies from sweet and sour to sweet, the closer to the core. Often santol is sold with a long stalk. Thais cut off the fruit peel and eat it "on a stick", experiencing all the flavors of the fruit. Cut in half, sweet core eat separately and spoon to eat sweet and sour pulp. Why is salt and pepper offered to santol? All simply-with salt santol will become a vegetable. Santol is often present in many recipes of Thai dishes, as a vegetable. Like som Tam. Santol is often added to this world-famous salad. Santol is very popular in Southeast Asia, especially in the Philippines and Thailand.
However, there is a serious warning from doctors - in any case do not swallow santol seeds. In the media in Thailand was made by the physician of a large hospital with the warning: "do Not swallow santol seeds. This can lead to death." "The bones are so strong that our body is not able to digest them, and the edges of the bones are so sharp that they can cut the stomach or intestines. To remove bone from the human body need surgery", says Dr. Karacic Lakoskys from the hospital, Pracharak Sawan province Nakhon Sawan. The doctor's concern was caused by the fact that several people with acute pain were admitted to the hospital. The reason-in intestines pits of santola. Patients had surgery, one man died. Bones of santola tightly hugs the sweet flesh of the fruit, so it is easier to swallow them easily. It is probably best to remove them from the fetus in advance.
Vitamins in santola: Calcium Elemental calcium 4.3 mg; phosphorus Elemental phosphorus 17.4 mg; Iron Iron, 0.42 mg; carotene Carotene, 0.003 mg; B1 Vitamin B1, 0.045 mg; B3 Vitamin B3 0.741 mg; with Vitamin C 86.0 mg. Note that the daily dose of vitamin C is about 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women, so 100 grams of santol already have it. It is important to know - when we are sick, the cells of our immune system consume more vitamin C, so during the illness it is worth supporting yourself with santol.
The harvest season is from June to August.