The bacuri AmazonIt is a fruit native to the Amazon region and there are two species that have this name: Phalerata Scheelea, Arecaceae, when it is also called ‘aricuri acuri or uricury and insignis Platonia, Clusiaceae, when it is also called landirana. All the fruits that are known as bacuri are edible and used by regional populations in the wild, to make sweets and ice creams. One of the bacuri fruits from the Amazon, the Platonia insignis species, is produced on a large leafy tree that can reach up to 40 meters in height and 2 meters in diameter in the trunk. Its fruit is slightly larger than an orange, with thick lemon-yellow skin. The bacurizeiro is a tree of noble wood, with various applications in the manufacture of furniture, caibros, slats, stakes, sleepers, heavy packaging, and cleats. This is a fruit rich in phosphorus,
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- 1 Habitat and distribution
- 2 Bacuri in folk medicine
- 1 Types of home medicine
- 3 Bacuri in agriculture
- 4 Secrets of the bacuri of the Amazon
- 5 Sources
Habitat and distribution
This is a native plant of the Guianas, Amazonia and Ilha do Marajó but it can also be found in various Brazilian jungles, from Piaui to Mato Grosso.
Bacuri in folk medicine
Bacuri seeds are rich in oil and this prepares home medicine for skin diseases and in folk medicine, it is also indicated as a digestive, diuretic and healing. The resin of the bacurizeiro’s shell is also widely used as a veterinary medicine.
Types of home medicine
- Bacuri oil
Treatment of skin problems and ear pain, eczema and spider bites. It is also indicated as a cure and anti-inflammatory for the treatment of herpes, rheumatism, arthritis and leishmaniasis.
- Bacuri butter
In removing skin blemishes and renewing scar tissue.
- Bacuri fruit
Increases satiety and regulates the intestine.
Bacuri in agriculture
This is a culture well adapted to family farming and, if planted by grafting, with proper management, it will be a lower tree and start the previous production (between 4 and 5 years) planted by seeds only bear fruit after 10 years .
Secrets of the bacuri of the Amazon
The residues from the fruit peels in the juice, pulp and candy industries constitute, in most cases, a problem that hides surprises, such as the case of bacurí (Platonia insignis), a native fruit of the region Amazon. The familiar or smaller industries discard the peels of this small fruit, rich in a substance called moreloflavone or fukugetina. “That flavonoid has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, as demonstrated by enzyme tests conducted in vitro.”