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Bilimbi or tree cucumber

No matter what they call it in the place where you live, you have a question: What can be done with vinagrillo? Here we give you the answer! In addition, we tell you other interesting things about the fruit that is also known as tree cucumber or bilimbi. We invite you to read this interesting information from your fruit trees page.

 

What can you do with vinagrillo?

The fruit that gives the bilimbi tree is known in different ways, some are: tree cucumber, Chinese currant, calamias from the Philippines and bilimbina from Brazil. The main objective of this article is relevant what can be done with vinagrillo. However, let’s talk a little about the tree on which this fruit grows.

The minimum height reached by Averrhoa bilimbi is five meters and the maximum is ten meters. The trunk of this tree is short and its leaves measure from three to six centimeters. In addition, its fruit is considered exotic and is well known in India, Singapore and Thailand.

The vinagrillo is yellowish green in the exterior and is sometimes bright and when ripe it is almost white. On the other hand, its interior is greengelatinousjuicy and acidic in taste. As for its seeds, these are in the form of flattened discs.

The vinagrillo What to do with it?

By focusing on the gastronomic field we discovered that the fruit of the wicker tree can be used for different preparations. From juices to preserves, in the Dominican Republic they usually season it with salt. Surely, once you try it, you never forget the characteristic acidity of vinagrillo.

Among the vinagrillo properties are that it is diuretic, has oxalic acidmineralscarbohydratesproteinsvitamin C and more. Its dried leaves are usually used to lower fever. On the other hand, when they are dry they are prepared in tea to relieve digestive disorders.

Although it is considered a vinagrillo medicinal plant, it cannot be consumed in large quantities, why? Due to the oxalic acid it contains, it causes decalcification in bones and other organic tissues. It’s not a good idea for people who have kidney stones to consume vinagrillo.

Other medicinal uses of fruit currant

Although the effectiveness of using vinagrillo in medicinal treatments has not been scientifically proven, it is still used in many regions. For example, in the Philippines they usually make a paste with their leaves to treat mumpsswellings and itches.

On the other hand, in French Guiana an extract of the fruit currant is prepared to fight inflammation. An interesting use of the juice of this fruit is to remove the rust stain from any white garment. Also to whiten the hands or tarnish brass, this is due to oxalic acid.

Do you want to grow bilimbi?

The best thing about this tree is that growing it is simple, you just have to make sure to plant it away from electrical wires and structures. Also, place it where the sun’s rays reach you directly. It is essential that the soil is drained, that you take care of the wind tree and keep it well fertilized.

Now that you know what you can do with vinagrillo it is an excellent option to grow it. Keep in mind everything we have told you and make sure you get the most out of this fruit.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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