The Amazing Gac Fruit
There are many types of fruit in the world. In fact, there are so many that no one knows the exact number. To put this into perspective, apples alone have about 7,500 different types. So, would it surprise you to know that you might not even know the name of one of the most fascinating fruits in the world?
Therefore let me introduce you to the beauty that is the Gac Fruit.
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While it is most commonly known as the Gac fruit, other names include the baby jackfruit, or the sweet gourd. This wonderful fruit is covered with protruding spikes and is a joyfully bright orange. Even though the outer shell is inedible, this southeast Asian fruit is still contains more than adequate healthy benefits.
One amazing asset of gac fruit is that they are famously high in beta-carotene and lycopene. Astoundingly, gac fruit contains 70 times more lycopene than tomatoes, which are known for having massive amounts of lycopene. Interestingly they also have 10 times more beta-carotene than carrots and just as tomatoes are known for having large amounts of lycopene, carrots are known for their beta-carotene. Besides those fascinating statistics, the marvelous fruit also has major health benefits. A major effect of beta-carotene would include the improvement of skin. Thus anyone who wants beautiful skin, could definitely start achieving this by eating gac fruit, which is mellow in taste. An alternative solution would be having gac fruit in juice form or in food. Furthermore, lycopene prevents heart disease! Hence it’s no wonder that in some areas of Vietnam people call this the fruit from heaven as it not only improves skin health but heart health too! Besides these benefits, chemicals in the fruit have been known to combat cancer, control cholesterol, prevent heart disease, improve eyesight, slow aging, and much more.
Not only does this fruit have numerous health benefits, it also has an interesting history and place in Asian culture. This gorgeous little fruit was first found in Vietnam and later in other parts of Asia to quickly become very useful in medicines. For instance, it has been in use in China for over 1,000 years in the traditional medicine of mubiezi. To continue, gac fruit is also used in many traditional celebratory food dishes like xoi gac.
As seen in the picture, this delicious looking dish is made with gac seeds and sticky rice and is used mainly in the Tet holiday. Xoi gac is also served with chicken. However it is the what makes it a favorite among people is its red color, which symbolizes luck. Without a doubt, this superb fruit is a wonder of nature!
By Elizabeth Pelletier