Reasons Why You Have to Keep Kepel Tree in Your Garden

Kepel fruit which is also known as perfume-fruit is becoming common in Kerala. The fruit, which is native to Southeast Asian country Indonesia, has more or less akin of mango, by taste. The fruit is also used as an oral deodorant because of its aroma.

Health Benefits of Kepel Fruit

  • It improves body foul odour.
  • It fights urine discharge because of its diuretic qualities.
  • Purifies blood.
  • Prevents ailments concerning kidneys, liver, and lungs.
  • Its leaves decrease cholesterol and uric acid.
  • Cures joint pain.
  • The fruit is a store of Vitamins A and C
  • Act as a medicine to prevent pregnancy.

Traits of Kepel Tree

  • Kepel tree grows from the seeds.
  • The tree grows up to 25 metres in height.
  • A trunk will grow up to 40cm.
  • Seeds will grow up to 3.25cm in ripe fruit.
  • The fruit is round- oval-shaped fruit.
  • The fruit appears on the lower part of the main trunk.
  • It will take about 8 years to bear fruits.
  • Loose soil, enough watering and good sunlight are needed for the plant.

The plant is an evergreen plant having shining and hard leaves. There are male and female flowers. Male flowers are found on the upper trunk part of the stem. Female flowers are found under the stem. Female flowers are lightly fragrant and bald or with a little bit of hair. The ripe fruit will be grey in colour and 4-6 seeds will be there in the fruit. The scientific name of this fruit is Stelechocarpus Burahol.

Early many Indonesians considered the fruit is cursed because of the fruit’s fragrance. This made the tree a rare plant in the world. But now the misconceptions have changed and many begin to grow the fruit. They used its wood to make kitchen utensils. Kepel fruit with its adsorbent quality and probiotic value has a pharmacological use.