The scientific name of the fruit is Lansium domesticum. It is most common in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Southern India. The fruit looks pretty similar to a small potato on the outside. It is because of the thin yellow skin.
Lanzones is a sweet edible fruit that contains numerous ntrients, vitamins and minerals, which are beneficial to the body’s health.
Lanzones is also known as Langsat and has a scientific name of “Lansium Parasiticum,” which came from the family of mahogany plant. This plant can be usually found in tropical climate countries including the Philippines. This plant grows up to 30 meters and bears a yellow sweet edible fruit that looks like a small potato.
Lanzones is an edible fruit that is well loved in our country. This fruit, when completely ripe, has that sweet with a hint of sourness taste that Filipinos love. Laguna, Northern Mindanao, Butuan and Cagayan De Oro City are the most known producers of lanzones in the country.
But the best known spot for the sweetest lanzones is at Camiguin lanzones. The locals recognize this gift of good harvest and delicious lanzones by the annual celebration of the Lanzones Festival during the month of October.
Lanzones is a seasonal fruit in the Philippines, harvest month are March, April and October.
Most Filipinos love to eat this exotic fruit becuase of its sweet, sour, and delicious taste. It is usually eaten raw and it contains bitter seeds. Aside from being one of the most popular fruit around the world, it also contains high nutritional value.
This fruit has been also traditionally used by ancient people in treating and preventing different types of diseases, because of its medicinal properties. It also contains numerous health benefits for our body’s health.
It contains vitamins A, B, C, thiamine, niacin, fiber, riboflavin, panthothenic acid, ascorbic acid, and other beneficial nutrients. It contains minerals such as iron, manganese, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and calcium.
It has antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains a large amount of antioxidant that can help the body to fight free radicals, which can cause numerous types of dieseases.
☆ Powerful Health Benefits of Lanzones
● Lanzones/Lansones Fruit is a Great Source of Antioxidant
~ Fighting free radicals is a must. Thus, it prevents one from suffering long-term and chronic diseases. The good thing about lanzones is that it could also work its magic in this case through its enormous content of antioxidants.
● It has Anti-aging Properties
~ The aging of cells in one’s body could be lessened through lanzones/lansones. Its anti-aging properties then could protect not only the skin but also the entirely of one’s body and health.
● Lanzones/Lansones Fruit Strengthens the Teeth
~ A stronger and much healthier set of teeth is possible through the phosphorus content of lanzones. Because of this, one can be assured that the teeth are extra protected from breaking or accidental removal.
● Lanzones/Lansones Fruit Maintain a Healthy Gum
~ Gum-related conditions are some of the most neglected conditions, without knowing that there could be a lot of possible complications if one is suffering from healthy gums. Vitamin C it has reinforces the strengths and health condition of the gums.
● Lanzones/Lansones Fruit Boost Immune System
~ Defend your body and health against diseases by having a strong immune system. The vitamin C content of lanzones is also a powerful way to guard one’s immune system and to make sure that the body receives and enough content of it.
● Aid Weight Loss
~ When an individual regularly consumes lanzones, the body is able to develop carnitine. This particular substance helps the process and burn the excess fat in the body, making one loose unnecessary fats. Thus, resulting in weight loss.
● Lanzones/Lansones Fruit Regulates the Digestive System
~ Fiber is the solution if one constantly feels constipated or bloated. Througn the fiber content of lanzones, there would be a much-regular bowel movement. Because of this, the disposal of waste from one’s body is regulated into a normal level.
● Promotes Healthy Skin
~ Lanzones/Lansones also hold a contain of vitamin E which is incharged of healing wounds, protecting the skin from the UV rays of the sun, moisturizing and smoothening of the skin and aging aids. So, taking lanzones as a part of your meal is also helpful in maintaining youthful and glowing skin.
● Lanzones/lansones Fruit can Maintain Healthy Nails
~ Opening lanzones using one’s nail is a good way to care for the nails. Not only it makes the tips stronger, but it also aids the dirt found at the bottom part of the nails. So, be ready to have a healthy and stronger set of nails.
● It can make one’a Hair Healthy
~ Preventing hair loss and nourishing the hair is possible by making use of lanzones as a natural hair mask. The content of it is extremely helpful in making your scalp and the entirety of your hair healthy.
● Lanzones/Lansones Fruit Controls the Cholesterol Level
~ Turning the cholesterol into bile acid through metabolism is possible because of the Vitamin C content of lanzones. If you happen to be worried about your cholesterol level, take lanzones as possible.
● Aids Diarrhea and Fever
~ The lanzones/lansones seed once pounded and mixed with water and served as a drink could aid diarrhea and fever. It only proves that the lanzones fruits, along with its other parts are indeed helpful in managing one’s health.
● Lanzones/Lansones Fruit can Prevent Mosquito Bites
~ All you have to do is burn the skin of lanzones and keep the smoke around you. I am sure that no brave soul mosquito will hang around you. This is for the reason that the smoke coming from the skin of the lanzones has mosquito repellant attributes.
● Can Prevent Acne
~ Rub the inner part of the lanzones/lansones skin in your face and you could prevent acne outbreak. It also provides a smoothening effect plus repellant for possible insects and mosquitos. Better confidence brought by your skin? Give lanzones skin a shot as your beauty routine.
● Lanzones/Lansones Fruit can Treat Worms
~ This is particularly applicable to children. All you have to do is pound the seeds and mix it with a 1/4 cup of water. Drink this solution twice a day and there will be a great improvement in treating the worms.
● Treat Fever
● Cure Dysentery and Malaria
● Remedy for Ulcers and Deworming
● Improves Metabolism
● Can Treat Scopion Sting
● Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
● Relieves Inflammation
☆ Philippines folklore of how the Name Lanzones came?
~ There was once a town with bountiful trees with a round and paled colored fruit, but the people are afraid to eat them. They once saw a man who tried to eat one. He died as soon as the fruit touched his lips. This made the people even more afraid of even touching the fruit.
One day, drought came to the town. Food was scarce and people are hungry. Then, as people were to lose hope, a mystical lady came in the town. She was singing and dancing on the streets. She got a fruit from the poisonous tree, pinched it and, before the town people can stop her, ate the deadly fruit.
To the amazement of the people, the lady did not die. She said that she pinched the fruit and took out the poison. She asked for the people to eat it, thus the end of the famine.
Based on the folklore, the word lanzones is derived from the Filipino word lason or poison.
References: philnews.ph / choosephilippines.com / practicalhealthand wellness / fabiosa.com / nutrition-and-you.com