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Biriba: description, useful properties and contraindications
Biriba (Rolin) (Latin Rollinia mucosa.) – It is a fruit tree belonging to the family of annonaceae. At the height it can reach 15 meters, but usually there are trees 5-8 meters.
In the wild form is found almost all over South America (northern Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Colombia, Venezuela), in the south of Mexico and the Antilles. Widely cultivated in Peru and Brazil. In the early twentieth century it began to be cultivated in the Philippines.
Biological description biriby
Wood is a very fast-growing, has leathery leaves ovate-oblong in length from 10 to 25 cm. The bottom surface of the sheet velvety.
Flowers bisexual, soft petals, sepals pubescent.
Description biriba fruit
Biriba valued primarily for its fruits. This is one of the most popular fruits in the Western Amazon. The shape of the fruit of conical-heart-shaped, the size of a little more orange. But the fruits of some varieties can weigh up to 4 kg. View the fetus is very impressive: yellow bark is a build-up of conical hexagonal segments, each of which has a projection that resembles a wart. Inside the fruit is juicy transparent mucous flesh white. The pulp contains black-brown seeds up to 2 cm long.
The fruits are eaten fresh. Of these, as the wine is produced. To taste the fruits are somewhat similar to a mixture of lemon with apple, but very sweet.
Nutritional value of fruits biriba (100 g)
Calorie biriba – 80 kcal
Protein – 3 g
Fats – 1 g
Carbohydrates – 22.0 g
Useful properties biriba
Biriba has a mass of useful properties due to the high content of protein and amino acids: lysine, methionine, threonine and tryptophan. It makes it so nutritious, that if in the human diet have biriba, something about the meat you can, if not forever, then for a long time to forget. In any case, such an addition to the diet does not hurt anyone, and in particular will be useful to those people whose work is connected with high physical and psycho-emotional stress.
Biriba fairly high-calorie fruit, so wishing to lose weight abusing them is not recommended.
Fruits contain a lot of B vitamins, as well as ascorbic acid (vitamin C). In this way, the fruits have a tonic and antiscorbutic properties. Many therein as calcium, phosphorus and iron, as needed by the body to maintain normal hemoglobin, as well as the health of bones and teeth.
This fruit is very common in folk medicine of Central and South America. For example, dehydrated and milled to powder biriba seeds are used for the treatment of enterocolitis.
Other useful properties biriba:
biriba The fruits are stored for a short time. After 2-3 days after their collection they begin to blacken and rot. Therefore, on an industrial scale, this heat-loving fruit is grown only around the major cities. It is for this reason biriba can not be seen on the shelves of our supermarkets. Recently, however, online shopping even meet the demand for this exotic product. The only question is the price.
Contraindications to the use biriba
Biriba – quite allergenic fruit.