Limonia acidissima is the only species within the monotypic genus Limonia. Common names for the species in English include wood-apple and elephant-apple. In India in some regional languages its known as Kavat in Hindi, Kavath in marathi, kotha in gujrathi, Kaitha/ kaintha in odisha, kabith in bangla, kaitha in UP/ MP, Kavittam in Tamil, Kapitthhamu in Telugu, Kapitya (कपित्य) in sanskrit and so as Divul in Sri Lanka, Kvet in combodia, kawis/kawista in Indonesia (javanese), Kawes in Malaysia.
Limonia acidissima is a large tree growing to 9 metres (30 ft) tall, with rough, spiny bark. The leaves are pinnate, with 5-7 leaflets, each leaflet 25–35 mm long and 10–20 mm broad, with a citrus-scent when crushed. The fruit is a berry 5–9 cm diameter, and may be sweet or sour. It has a very hard rind which can be difficult to crack open, it appears greenish-brown in colour from outside and contains sticky brown pulp and small white seeds. The fruit looks similar in appearance to the Bael fruit (Aegle marmelos). It contains considerable amount of protein, carbohydrate, ferus, fat, calcium, Vit-B & C etc. 100 g of ripe fruit pulp contains up to 49 KCal.
A number of other species formerly included in the genus are now treated in the related genera Atalantia, Citropsis, Citrus, Glycosmis, Luvunga, Murraya, Microcitrus, Micromelum, Naringi, Pamburus, Pleiospermium, Severinia, Skimmia, Swinglea, and Triphasia.
Limonia acidissima is native to India and Sri Lanka. Some sources include Fiji in the native distribution, but Flora Vitiensis nova dates the species' introduction there to around 1880. The species has also been introduced to Indochina and Malesia.
The fruit is used to make a fruit juice with astringent properties and jams. Its leaves also have medicinal properties, the gum (resin) of this fruit can be use on acne to cure fast. Ripe fruit can be used as "aachar" (smashed with green chilly, sugar and salt only). Juice of "KODBEL" can cure common belly pain in children, bleeding from gum, purifies blood, helps prevent low BP etc.[medical citation needed][vague] Another species of this fruits are considered auspicious to be offered to Lord Shiva in pujas. A majority of Hindu temples will have a sacred tree within its compound and is known as the sthala vriksha.
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||518.816 kJ (124.000 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||5 g|
in Fruit Wood Apple values are for edible portion
|†Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
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