Mooty Pazham: A Sweet-Sour, Healthy Fruit

Mooti Pazham, once only seen in the Western Ghats region, has now widely grown in the home garden. Many farmers are now coming to the front to grow and harvest mooti fruit on a large scale. The ripened fruits are either rose-red or light yellowish colour. Many people make pickles with the fruit, but many consume the fruit as such. The fruit has a sweet-sour taste as raw. Most of the fruits are grown at the base of the tree, hence the fruit is called as mooti pazham or mootil fruit.

Health benefits of Mooty Fruit

  • Mooti pazham reduces blood pressure.
  • The fruit reduces the fat content in the body so that it is a recommendation for the cholesterol patients.
  • Many claims, the fruit has rich anti-oxidants that help to eradicate skin diseases and even cancer also. 
mooti pazham cluster

Fruit Price / Botanical Name / How to Eat

Baccaurea Courtallensis is the botanical name of this fruit which belongs to the Phyllanthaceae family. Initially, the fruit was found in the deep forest and it is the favourite food of bear, deer and tortoises.

The fruit has a hard outer shell, and inside there is a fleshy substance that can be consumed directly or can be pickled. Mooti Fruit and the tree were first introduced to the native people by the tribal who knew the health benefits and taste of the fruit. The fruit costs around 100rs to 150rs for a kilogram in the market.

The fruit is used in the treatment of many infectious diseases which include diarrhea, dysentery, and skin infection. The fruits are each 2 to 5 centimeters long and about two wide and grow in strands.

Characteristic of the Mooty Tree

  • The tree can be grown from the seeds.
  • In 4 years, the tree will produce its fruits.
  • The plant likes the climate to be hot on days and cold at nights.
  • The tree flowers in February-April months.
  • Fruit will be ripened in the June-August months.
  • The fruit is the size of gooseberry and grows from the trunk in clusters.
  • The tree grows up to 10-15 meters in height.