What is Hogplum?
Hog plum, which belong to the Spondias genus, is the name given to fruits from the hog plum tree, which is native to Peru. The fruit comes in a range of colours, including green, purple, red, orange and yellow. The thicker, leathery skin covers a pink-yellow pulp inside, with a texture that is much like avocado. Hog plums are rich in antioxidants, which provide a range of health benefits.
Health Benefits of Hogplum
Prevent indigestion and constipation: The fibre of hog plum is beneficial to prevent indigestion and constipation. It is also effective to remove spasm. It reduces the loss of appetite.
Protects Against Heart Disease: Hog plums were naturally high in antioxidants, which they compared to the heart medication, ramipril. Study found that hog plums reduced overall cholesterol levels and that their antioxidant effect on heart health was comparable to that of ramipril. In conclusion, hog plums may be beneficial for overall heart health.
Balance body temperature: Hog plum plays a significant role to control the temperature in our body. It helps to decrease the excessive temperature of our body. It reduces the level of bad cholesterol in blood.
Uses of Hogplum
- The fruit juice, leaves, bark, roots and flowers are used in traditional medicine in some parts of the
- world where the trees can be found.
- Hog plums are commonly eaten raw in the Caribbean and in Asia, where the fruits grow naturally. The fruits can be eaten raw and whole as a snack, but they are commonly made into fresh juices, or used to produce ice cream, jams and jellies. In Mexico, unripe hog plums are pickled to make a sour-spicy side dish.
- The bark and leaves used to be given as a tea to relieve swellings and the buds were chewed or made into a tea for colds, coughs, constipation and tapeworm.