Garcinia Indica, commonly known as Kokum, is a fruit-bearing plant found in the western region of coastal southern India.
When it is ripe, the fruit is picked, and the skin of this fruit is removed. It is then soaked in the juice which is extracted from the pulp. Post which the skin is sundried.
Kokum is a wonderful fruit with many health benefits. One can either eat it raw, drink the juice, have the sun-dried kokum or pulverise the skins which are sundried to use it as a souring agent or food additive. It can be used as a substitute for tomatoes, dried mango powder or tamarind.
Kokam in Indian Names
Botanical Name: Garcinia indica
Marathi: Bheranda, Bhiranda, Kokamba
Sanskrit: Vrikshamia, Amlabija, Amlapura, Amlashaka