Mengkudu in Brief

"Unlike other fruits loved by fruit lovers, mengkudu is an exception. In fact, not infrequently the mengkudu tree is considered a nuisance."

Published by : Kurnia HD  -  26/03/2020 15:55 WIB

2 Minutes read.

Mengkudu (noni, Morinda citrifolia) is known in Indonesia by various names. The Javanese call it pace or kemudu, the Madurese call it kodhuk, the Sundanese call it cangkudu, the Balinese call it Tibah, and the Acehnese call it keumeudee.

The chemical content of mengkudu leaves and fruit in general contains alkaloids, saponins, flavonoids, terpenoids, and anthraquinones. In addition, the leaves also contain polyphenols. The compounds in the fruit play a very active role in strengthening the immune system, improving cell function, and accelerating the regeneration of damaged cells.

This fruit, which belongs to the Rubiaceae family, originates from Southeast Asia and spreads to various countries. In China, this plant is found in ancient writings made during the Han Dynasty, about 2000 years ago. In Hawaii the mengkudu plant is considered a sacred plant and has been used as traditional medicine in the last 1500 years ago.

One of the myths about mengkudu circulating in Javanese society is that the fruit can cure mumps by draping it around the neck. This is of course just a myth. The reason behind this myth is so that children feel ashamed to leave the house with a mengkudu necklace, so that they stay at home during their affliction and won’t infect their friends.

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