Kadukkai is a wonder fruit found in South India.
The Tamil word Kadukkai is also known Haritaki in Sanskrit, and Terminalia chebula in Latin.
Kadukkai is renowned in South India for its remarkable healing properties. It is recommended for many illnesses including:
- High blood pressure
- Sore eyes
- bowel infections
- HIV infection
- Mercury Poisoning
- Cleansing and detoxing
- Crohn’s disease
Kadukkai is the fruit from the tree Terminalia chebula that grows throughout South India at a height of 1000, 1500 meters in the hillier regions. The tree grows to over 100 feet tall. The Kadukkai fruit is ripened and harvested in September and October. A major growing region for Kadukkai is in the Coimbatore area of Tamil Nadu.
Kadukkai fruit is oval and green gold in color.
The size is about 1-2 inches long. The fruit can be eaten raw. This raw fruit has many benefits and is often prescribed to be eaten daily.
The kadukkai can also be dried. The dried fruit is sold as is so that some ways of using it can be implemented. This whole dried fruit can be cooked and the resultant juice can be used for:
- Eye washes to heal eye issues
- Mouth wash
- Enema for cleansing
- Vaginal douche to relive infections
Kadukkai can also be made into a powder. This powder can then be consumed as a herbal supplement in powder, pill or capsule form.
The powder can be applied on the skin for a number of skin issues:
- Disinfectant of cuts
- To heal skin rashes
- To heal skin eczema
- To clear up mouth sores
- To keep mouth skin and gums clear
Detailed Latin description of Kadukkai
Of the Order: Myrtales, Of the Family: Combretaceae, of the Genus Terminalia, and Species chebula, named by Retz
Industrial use of Kadukkai
Kadukkai has a number of industrial uses
It has been used for leather tanning as it is high in the agent Tannin. It has been used to make Indian Ink as it is very dark when treated certain ways.
Detail of the Kadukkai fruit
- chebulais a medium to large deciduous tree growing to 30 m (98 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in diameter. The leaves are alternate to subopposite in arrangement, oval, 7–8 cm (2.8–3.1 in) long and 4.5–10 cm (1.8–3.9 in) broad with a 1–3 cm (0.39–1.18 in) petiole. They have an acute tip, cordate at the base, margins entire, glabrous above with a yellowish pubescence below.The fruit is drupe-like, 2–4.5 cm (0.79–1.77 in) long and 1.2–2.5 cm (0.47–0.98 in) broad, blackish, with five longitudinal ridges. The dull white to yellow flowers are monoecious, and have a strong, unpleasant odour. They are borne in terminal spikes or short panicles. The fruits are smooth ellipsoid to ovoid drupes, yellow to orange-brown in colour, with a single angled stone