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|Dillenia indica L. 1753|
Dillenia indica is a tropical tree, native from far east areas. It is also common in the inter tropical area.
This is a massive tree whose size is several tens meters when it is adult. Its leaves are very specific. They are shiny, light green, with toothed edges, whose limbus is finely and abundantly ribbed. The leaf is elongated, oblong, with acute apex and a stalk which looses his hairs over time.
Young leaves are red colored due to anthocyanin and flavonoid pigments (Flavonoids are antioxidants discovered by Albert Szent-Györgyi in 1936 and since then the beneficial role of these antioxidants has been widely highlighted) .
Another feature of this tree is its big fruit with which it is possible to make a very refreshing drink . It is also possible to eat the slightly cooled pulp mixed with sugar. The pulp can also be eaten raw, as a jelly, a compote, on curry or spiced with chili.
The forest animals are familiar with this fruit and they eat it willingly: it is the feast for elephants, squirrels and monkeys: hence its name (Elephant Apple, Baboul, donkey or Elephant Apple Seed).
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