Garcinia Pedunculata, A Tropical Fruit That Grows in Meghalaya

Garcinia Pedunculata, A Tropical Fruit That Grows in Meghalaya

Garcinia pedunculata is known commonly as Sohdanei in Khasi, one of the tribes in Meghalaya. It s a traditional wild fruit found in the foothills of the Himalayas and distributed along the Northeastern states of India. 

Garcinia pedunculata is another fruit Zizira explorers discovered that the locals of Meghalaya have been using as their traditional delicacies. It is also found to have amazing health benefits.

Wondering What the Fruits Look Like?

Garcinia pedunculata or Sohdanei is a medium-sized green fruit which turns yellowish once ripe. Mature fruits range from 8-12 cm in diameter with a fleshy aril which encloses 4-8 seeds.

Here is a photo of dried Sohdanei slices.

Dried garcinia pedunculata slices Sohdanei

A Special Component of Sohdanei

Sohdanei is believed to be useful in helping weight loss.

What makes it so?

Sohdanei is believed to be a rich source of hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is known as a weight reducing agent and is found in the rind of Sohdanei. HCA is believed to be the principle acid in Sohdanei (Garcinia pedunculata).

Did you know? Sohdanei consists 20.1% of an organic acid called hydroxycitric acid, which is the believed to be helpful in reducing weight. Source

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How Does it Grow?

It is not easy to propagate as the Sohdanei seeds take time to germinate, sometimes taking as long as 6 months! It grows into a medium sized tree. It has short distributed branches with large pale green flowers. The tree starts bearing flowers by Sept-Oct. The harvesting season for this fruit is the end of January. In the month of April, the Sohdanei fruit is fully ripe.

Medicinal Use

Sohdanei grows in a tree where the leaves and the seeds are said to have medicinal benefits. The fruit is believed to be used as an antiscorbutic (a medicine that prevents scurvy). Sohdanei is also known to be rich in antioxidants. It is also believed to be helpful in addressing gastric issues and rheumatic pain. Due to its high HCA content, it is believed to be useful as a natural antiobese agent.

Read the story of how a woman in Meghalaya restored her health after using Sohdanei, or Garcinia pedunculata.

The Multi-purpose Uses of Garcinia pedunculata

  • Add Sohdanei pieces while brewing tea and enjoy every sip.
  • It can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • Add it to curries to add sourness
  • Sohdanei is also used for enhancing the flavor while fermenting bamboo shoot. Fermented bamboo shoot is a traditional food in the northeastern states which help to extend the storage life of bamboo shoots and adds a unique aroma and taste.
Sohdanei tea,(Garcinia pedunculata) has an interesting taste. But there is a special way on how to drink it. Read more about this here.
Dried Sohdanei
Dried Sohdanei
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