10 DOH Herbs
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Mabolo (Diospyros blancoi)
A member of the Ebenaceae family, mabolo is
known for its value as an ornament, rather than for its fruit. Its
wood is commonly known in the Philippines as kamagong, and it is the
fruit that goes by the name of mabolo. It is an evergreen forest
tree that is medium-sized, and has an oval or conical-shaped crown.
Depending on the way it was planted, a mabolo tree may have long,
straight stems or short trunks. Its leaves are oblong-shaped, which
are big and rounded but are pointed and narrow at the top. The
mabolo fruit has a round, velvety outer cover which contains the
seed in a pulp. From green, it becomes light brown and eventually,
turns to magenta as this fruit berry ages and ripens. It is somewhat
unpopular because of the strong cheesy odor that it emits, once the
fruit is opened. When eaten, though, the mobolo fruit has an edible
and sweet taste. The concern about its smell may be remedied by
peeling its outside cover, and storing it in the refrigerator for
several hours, so that the smell will already dissipate. Studies
have shown that it is worthy to endure the odor of the fruit,
because it has been found to contain several vitamins and nutrients.
It is known to be an ideal source of calcium, vitamin B, iron, and
protein. Thus, several ways of preparing the mabolo fruit has been
constantly discovered. It is served as dessert, by mixing the fruit
with lemon juice or lime. It is also used in salad preparations, by
dicing the fruit. In the same manner, it is used as ingredients in
soups, where it changes texture and becomes tough when stewed. This
is ideal especially when served with ham and other meats that have a
spicy quality in it.
Mabolo Health Benefits:
• Cough, stomach pains, fever, and skin ailments are treated by preparations of the mobolo leaves and bark.
Preparation & Use:
• Decoctions of the bark and leaves of mabolo are used for all the health concerns that have been listed on the left.
Other Herbal & Non-Herbal Medicine: Philippine Plants, Fruits & Trees
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