Aratilis or Muntingia calabura grows only in few regions of the world. It can be easily grown and found in South and Central America and few parts of Caribbean. The interesting part about this fruit is that it has several names depending on the countries where it’s grown. You might’ve had the great experience of trying it and you wouldn’t know about it. It is known as Jamaica cherry, Singapore cherry, Panama berry, manzanitas or many more.
As with any other cherries or berries it can be consumed raw or even better it can be processed into jams. Furthermore, the leaves can be used for making tea. This fruit has a wide range of uses, starting from fish bait (being used in parts of Brazil) up to being eaten for pure pleasure and not being sold for profit (mainly in Indonesia and Philippines).
Aratilis not only that tastes great, but it can be highly beneficial to our overall health.
Below you can find several of the benefits that this fruit can provide.
- Aratilis fruits are widely known for the anti-inflammatory properties they have. This fruit can be as effective as most of the drugs on the market today. It can be used for reducing swellings and many more inflammations.
- Aratilis is also known as an antibiotic. It can be quite effective in fighting bacteria in our body. Sometimes when we are sick, we are advised by our MD’s to consume more food that is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Well, along the citrus fruits, aratilis is also being used to boost our immune system.
- Aratilis contains cytotoxic flavonoids, which are in the category of anti-cancer foods. Everything from this plant can be used for prevention and treatment of cancer, whether it is the fruit or the leaves for making tea. It can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
- And of course, aratilis contains flavanone compounds on which we elaborated more in previous posts. Flavanone compounds are known for their help in the development and proper functioning of the brain. Consuming foods with flavanone compounds can stimulate cognitive functions. This can be beneficial to those who mild cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative disease.
As with most of the fruits that are hard to find, there are not many studies performed with aratilis. However the benefits of aratilis are known in the parts of the world it grows and if you can get your hands on it, don’t hesitate to consume it.