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Kavath / कवठ / Wood Apple / Limonia acidissima L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Kavath / कवठ
  • Common Name: Wood Apple
  • Botanical Name: Limonia acidissima L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree
  • Occurrence: Light soils
  • Season of Availability: Summer and rainy seasons
  • Geography: India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Fruits
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe:
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Fruit is juiced or made into pickle.
  • As Medicine: Juice helps improve appetite and cough.
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A
  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A
  • Pickling: Yes, Fruits
  • Brining: N/A
  • Fermenting: N/A
  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A
  • Overall Method: Fruit is juiced or made into pickle.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps improve appetite and cough; helps heal wounds.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Juice of unripe fruit helps improve appetite; juice of flower helps with cough; paste of roots applied to wounds to help healing.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Wood apple juice:
    Break the wood apple shell, extract pulp into a drainer. Add room temperature water gradually, separate seeds. Mix pulp with coconut milk, salt, and sugar.

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Kavath / कवठ / Wood Apple / Limonia acidissima L.

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