One serving of lanzones contains approximately 100 g of the edible portion of the fruit. Per serving, lanzones contain lots of fiber and has traces of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B, ascorbic acid and phytin. Research and studies have yet to be conducted to fully support these known health benefits of Langsat.
Lanzones contain riboflavin which supports body growth and red blood cell production. And also aids your body to release energy from carbohydrates.
Your body uses thiamine to break down sugars and treat several nerve and heart conditions.
Vitamin A effects
Lanzones also contain vitamin A, also known as retinol or carotenoids. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a fundamental role in maintaining healthy skin, teeth, soft and skeletal tissue and mucous membranes. Vitamin A also functions as an eye pigment fundamental in night or low light conditions.
Vitamin C power
It is a vitamin that your body uses to make collagen and repair tissue. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant that protects your body from free radical damage.
It is the agent to boost your immune system. And deficiency in this vitamin causes your gums to become inflamed, dry skin and nosebleeds.
Lanzones contain carotene, a powerful antioxidant. It acts a fundamental role in protecting cells from free radicals, the cause of many medical disorders.
Langsat fruit consist of limonoids which contain a cancer fighting element that protect our lungs. The fruit and some parts of this plant are widely used for the following medicinal purposes.
In the Philippines the dried skin is burned as a mosquito repellent.
The fruit's skin is used to treat diarrhea. It is also used to treat intestinal parasites. The bitter seeds can be pounded and mixed with water to make a deworming solution and ulcer medication. The resin may be useful in the treatment of inflammation and colic (acute abdominal pain) of the gastro-intestinal tract.
The fruit can serve as a febrifuge, meaning it lowers your body temperature. Febrifuge is any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever.
The leaves of Langsat used to cure the sore eyes.
The bark is used to treat malaria. Its powdered form can be used to treat scorpion stings. The resin from bark was prescribed for flatulence, a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal, for swellings and as an antispasmodic which is a drug used to relieve or prevent spasms.
Langsat grows well in loamy, clayey and sandy soils with good drainage. It thrives best in places with a uniform distribution of rainfall and in areas with distinct dry and wet seasons. It grows well at sea level to about 2,000 feet elevation.
Langsat can be propagated by seeds, marcotting and inarching. Seeds are first planted in seedbeds. When the seedlings are two-and-a-half years old, they are transplanted in the prepared holes in the field, 5 meters apart. Seedlings grow quite slowly during the first year. Young trees have to be looked after carefully.
It is cultivated mainly for its fruit, which can be eaten raw. The fruit especially the seedless variety can be bottled in syrup. Wood is thick, hard, resilient and durable and is put to various uses in the construction of rural houses. The skin can be dried and burned as incense. Seedless sections can be dried like raisins, which are done in the Philippines.
How to eat Langsat? Simply squeeze this tasty fruit and the skin will pop open to offer you its silvery content. Then peel the skin and savor the pulp, spit out the seeds. Just beware of the seeds which leave a bitter taste once bitten. They can be stored up to 14 days in cold storage at 52-55 F. The rule of thumb when picking out Langsat at the market is to find the ones covered in ants. The ants always get to the sweet ones. But those that aren’t sweet aren’t bland – they’re SOUR so be carefully in choosing this fruit.
Another thing to know about them is that they have a sticky sap under the skin. Getting it all over your fingers can difficult to clean and get rid away. An island called Camiguin in Philippines celebrates a Lanzones festival to give thanks to the annual bountiful harvest of the fruit during the month of October. Houses, carriages, streets and even people are decorated with lanzones fruits and leaves. Lanzones is a seasonal fruit in the Philippines, harvest months are on March, April and October.
The demand for Langsat fruits in most countries exceeds the supply. So this fruit requires further promotion not only in South East Asia but other warmer countries too. So if ever you come to Southeast Asia, be sure to try this exotic fruit for a uniquely delightful taste buds experience!