Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Belimbing Buluh..

Here's another local Malaysian fruit - the Belimbing Buluh - scientific name: Averrhoa bilimbi.

Averrhoa bilimbi (commonly known as bilimbi, cucumber tree, or tree sorrel) is a fruit-bearing tree of the genus Averrhoa, family Oxalidaceae. It is a close relative of the carambola.
The tree and fruit are known by different names in different languages. They should not be confused with the carambola, which also share some of the same names despite being very different fruits. For example, bilimbi are called balimbing in Indonesia, but balimbing in the Philippines actually refer to carambola and not bilimbi (which they call iba in Cebuano and kamias in Tagalog).
Country Name
English cucumber tree or tree sorrel
India bilimbi
Sri Lanka bimbiri
Philippines kamias,kalamias, or iba
Malaysia belimbing asam, belimbing buloh, b'ling, or billing-billing
Indonesia belimbing besu, balimbing, blimbing, or blimbing wuluh
Thailand taling pling, or kaling pring
Vietnam khế tàu
Haiti blimblin
Jamaica bimbling plum
Cuba grosella china
El Salvador & Nicaragua mimbro
Costa Rica mimbro or tirigur
Venezuela vinagrillo
Surinam and Guyana birambi
Argentina pepino de Indias
Kerala Irumban Puli or Chemmeen Puli
France carambolier bilimbi or cornichon des Indes

Possibly originating on the Moluccas, Indonesia, the species is cultivated or found semi-wild throughout Indonesia, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia. It is common in other Southeast Asian countries. In India, where it is usually found in gardens, the bilimbi has gone wild in the warmest regions of the country.
Outside of Asia, the tree is cultivated in Zanzibar. In 1793, the bilimbi was introduced to Jamaica from Timor and after several years, was cultivated throughout Central and South America where it is known as mimbro. Introduced to Queensland at the end of the 19th century, it has been grown commercially in the region since that time.
This is essentially a tropical tree, less resistant to cold than the carambola, growing best in rich and well-drained soil (but also stands limestone and sand). It prefers evenly distributed rainfall throughout the year, but with a 2- to 3-month dry season. Therefore the species is not found, for example, in the wettest part of Malaysia. In Florida, where it is an occasional curiosity, the tree needs protection from wind and cold.

The belimbing buluh have a lot of medical purposes.
The juice of the fruit is good for those with hyper-tension. It will bring down the blood pressure. It is also good for those having diabetes.
To relieve cough and cold, the flowers, leaves and fruits are boiled in water and then used for treatment.
In India, the fruit is used to treat for obesity.

Care to taste the fruit?
Have a nice day...

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