Common Name: Caralluma Fimbriata
Botanical Name: Caralluma fimbriata
Growing Area: India
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Native to India, Caralluma Fimbriata is a succulent member of the cactus family. It flourishes wild across dry areas of India and is also often planted as a roadside marker because of its distinctive appearance. The thin green stems may grow recumbent or upright, with spine-like leaves and showy, star-shaped flowers. Varying in color from tan to deep burgundy to black, the beautiful Caralluma Fimbriata blossoms actually emit a rather putrid aroma, attracting flies that pollinate the plant.
Eaten raw, cooked as a vegetable, or used in chutneys and pickles, Caralluma Fimbriata is a part of traditional medicine in India and also an up-and-coming ingredient in nutritional supplements for weight management.
Nutrients & Applications:
Not only is this succulent vegetable a great snack to pack on a long hike, Caralluma Fimbriata is rich in alkaloids, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, saponins and quinones. It also contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid which is thought to be beneficial to cardiovascular wellness.
Research on Caralluma Fimbriata suggests that it may help suppress appetite, possibly assisting with weight management. Studies also reveal that Caralluma Fimbriata may promote healthy arteries. Some of these benefits may be due to the presence of pregnane glycosides in the Caralluma Fimbriata plant.
This juicy cactus may also help maintain normal cholesterol levels, support healthy blood sugar and possess some free radical scavenging capabilities.*