Kepel fruit which is also known as perfume-fruit is becoming common in Kerala. The fruit, which is native to Southeast Asian country Indonesia, has more or less akin of mango, by taste. The fruit is also used as an oral deodorant because of its aroma.
Kepel fruits are small to medium-sized, averaging 3 to 6 centimeters in diameter, and have an oval to round shape. The skin is leathery, textured, and slightly rough, transitioning from green to yellow-brown when mature, and the fruits ripen over a period of six months.
The kepel fruit, also called the kepel apple, is about as large as an adult’s fist, brown in color and containing 4 – 6 seeds. Ripe fruits are collected when they drop from the tree, as the attached, unripe fruits tend to have a bitter or sour taste.
•It improves body foul odour.
•It fights urine discharge because of its diuretic qualities.
•Prevents ailments concerning kidneys, liver, and lungs.
•Its leaves decrease cholesterol and uric acid.
•Cures joint pain.
•The fruit is a store of Vitamins A and C
•Act as a medicine to prevent pregnancy.