Have you heard of borojó? Do you know what it is and what it is for? It is a fruit that is attracting more and more attention due to the many benefits it has.
However, it is not so well known yet. And at Jardinería ON we want that to change. That’s why, We have investigated a bit so that you know everything you need to know about the borojó. Go ahead and read and find out what this fruit can do for you.
What is borojó
The first thing you have to know exactly is what borojó is. Its scientific name is Borojoa patinoi. It is an arboreal species of the Rubiaceae (or so Wikipedia tells us).
Its origin is in the Pacific, specifically between Colombia, Panama and Ecuador. It occurs in humid forests (and by humid we speak of a relative humidity of 85%) and at a tropical temperature (of 28ºC).
The “weird” name it actually has is the combination of boro, which means head in the Emberá language (an Amerindian town that lived in the area) and ne-jo, which means fruit. Therefore, it is translated as the fruit of the head, stubborn fruit or even as round fruit.
And how is this fruit? To begin with, as we have told youis round, or rather globose. It will be between 7 and 12 centimeters in diameter and will turn from green to brown.
When it is fully ripe it is brown and falls from the tree. It can weigh between 740 and 1000 grams, of which 88% is its pulp. Of course, that pulp is acidic and dense.
Do not confuse the borojó with the borojó from the Amazon. The latter, with the scientific name Duroia maguirei, is from the same family, yes, and it also gives you a globose fruit that is very rich in nutrients, but they are totally different.
What is borojó used for?
There is no doubt that if you like sour fruit, with borojó it is possible that you will be surprised and love its flavor. However, it is normal to take it in compote, jam, candies or even in the so-called “love juice”.
However, In traditional medicine, borojó was one of the elements that many used to treat health problems.as well as for masks for oily skin.
It is even useful for embalming.
Actually, it has many different uses. Here are some of the ones we have found:
- Hair treatment (massages).
- Bronchial problems.
- Cancer treatment.
- Plasters for cures.
- Cellulite treatment.
- Swelling treatment.
- Embalm corpses.
- Against fever.
- For the kidneys.
benefits of borojó
Going deeper into the above, we want to talk to you here about the benefits that borojó has on health. And it is that this can make you think about taking a vitamin supplement that carries it. although yes We recommend that, if you have any health problem, before you start taking it, you consult a doctor. since he is the best “advisor” you can have.
Said this, the borojó It is one of the fruits with a high concentration of fructose and glucose (ie for diabetics it could be a sugar bomb). But it also has lots of protein, phosphorus, calcium, iron, vitamins B and C, and antioxidants.
And all this allows us to grant you a series of benefits when taking it. Specifically, the following:
Gives you a ‘shot’ of energy
Thanks to the vitamin B that this fruit has, It helps to increase the energy levels you have.
We could say that it is an energy drink but a natural one. It is indicated for athletes, but if you have energy drops or feel that you lack it (for example, with spring fatigue), it may be good for you to take it.
protect your brain
In this case it is due to the high concentration of phosphorus it has. Many times the head is what we pay the least attention to and it is not right. So giving it an extra phosphorus will help to have a more agile mind (so you don’t forget things, have more responsiveness, etc.).
It is a natural aphrodisiac
It is usually known in Panama, Colombia and the Amazon as the “love juice” because it has properties very similar to Viagra.
In fact, many natives where the borojó originates use it when they have to heal wounds, because it not only works against infections, but is said to heal much faster as well.
Depression, anxiety or even child behavior problems they can be treated with borojó.
Helps cell regeneration
In this case works by strengthening both DNA and RNA structuresTherefore, it manages to recover cells that had died or were being lost.
Help with cholesterol problems
If you have high cholesterol, borojó can help you lower it and regulate levels (both good and bad).
From balance blood sugar level, lower hypertension, relieve menstrual pain or infections… All this is thanks to the fact that it has been discovered that it is rich in polyphenol, a compound that can influence all of the above in a positive way.
Now that you know what borojó is and what it is for, would you dare to take it daily?