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KOKUM BUTTER

(Garcinia Indica)


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    KOKUM HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    KOKUM FRUIT

    Kokum (Garcinia indica) is a fruit tree, of culinary, pharmaceutical and industrial uses. The fruit is dark purple to black in color, sticky and with curled edges. The fruit is often halved and sun-dried to a semi-dry stage before being sold in markets for use as a spice in Indian cuisine. The sun-dried version is called aamsul, kokum or kokam, and is used mainly in Maharashtrian, Konkan and Gujarati cuisine. When added to food it imparts a pink to purple colour and sweet/sour taste. It is a preferred substitute for tamarind in curries and other dishes.

    SEMI DRIED KOKUM FRUIT RECONSTITUTION

    Semi-dried kokum needs to be soaked in water to extract the pulp, which is added to foods to impart a sour flavor. The process is similar to that used to extract tamarind pulp from dried tamarind.

    SELECTING DRIED RIND OR FRUIT

    Similar to tamarind, kokum is usually available as dried rind or fruit. During selection, look for a deep color. Deeper the color, better the kokum. If buying kokum fruit from bulk bins, make sure it is covered appropriately to prevent dust and debris from settling on it. Smell it slightly if possible. It should not have any tell-tale smell of spoilage (which could indicate the kokum was not dried properly before selling). Store dried kokum in an airtight container for about a year.

    CULINARY USES OF KOKUM FRUIT

    Kokum fruit is used mainly in the regional cuisines of Gujarat, Maharashtra and other places of the Konkan coast. In Goa, Maharashtra, and other nearby states, large glasses of kokum sherbet are served in the summer months to beat the heat. Kokum has the same souring qualities as tamarind, especially enhancing coconut-based curries, dals, and vegetable dishes involving potatoes, okra, etc. It is also included in chutneys and pickles. When doing so, the skins are not usually chopped but are added whole to the dish. Seasoning should be checked as they are quite salty. Beware of biting on a stone as a few are often left in the skins.


    KOKUM SHERBET RECIPE

    While Kokum Sherbet mixes are easily available in the market, nothing can beat the taste, pulpy texture and pristine aroma of this fresh and natural Kokum Sherbet, prepared in your own kitchen. Jeera and black salt are perfect flavorings for this tangy drink, which has an enjoyable texture thanks to grinding half the kokum coarsely. Although the procedure seems to have more than half a dozen steps, once you have soaked the kokum it will take just a couple of minutes to have this peppy drink ready in your hand.

    Preparation Time: 3 Minutes
    Cooking Time: 3 Minutes
    Makes 2 glasses

    Ingredients
    Instructions

    1. Combine the semi-dried kokum and 1/2 cup of water in a bowl, mix well and keep aside for 30 minutes.
    2. Strain the kokum water and keep it aside.
    3. Blend the soaked kokum in a mixer using half the kokum water and blend until coarse. Keep aside.
    4. Combine the remaining half kokum water and sugar in a small non-stick pan.
    5. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
    6. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl and allow it to cool completely.
    7. Once cooled, add the coarse kokum mixture and mix well. Strain it using a strainer.
    8. Add the roasted cumin seeds powder and black salt and mix well.
    9. When serving, add 2 tablespoons of this syrup into a tall glass along with 3/4 cup of chilled water.

    Repeat Step 9 to make 2 more glasses.

    Serve immediately.



    HEALTH BENEFITS OF KOKUM

  • Kokum Fruits are steeped in sugar syrup to make amrut kokum, which is drunk to relieve sunstroke.
  • Kokum is useful as an infusion, or by direct application, in skin ailments such as rashes caused by allergies.
  • Kokum Butter is an emollient helpful in the treatment of burns, scalds and chaffed skin.

  • KOKUM BUTTER

    Kokum Butter is obtained from the seeds of the Indian tree Garcinia indica. It is used in skin care products because of its ability to soften skin and is effective on ulcerations and fissures of lips, hands and soles of feet. It helps reduce degeneration of the skin cells and restores elasticity. It melts when it comes into contact with the ksin and has beneficial compounds that help to revitalize skin. It is commonly used in skin healing lotions, creams and body butters, as well as soaps, cosmetics and toiletries. It can be directly applied to the skin and in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. It is highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product.


    KOKUM BUTTER PROFILE

  • Botanical Name: Garcinia Indica
  • Origin: India
  • Extraction: Expeller Pressed / Refined
  • Shelf Life: 1 Year Optimal
  • Notes: To prolong shelf life and prevent melting you should store it in a cool location. Kokum is a relatively hard butter and does not apply well as a "stand alone" application. It is best used within cosmetic formulations along with other ingredients to make it more pliable when you are developing exotic body care products. Kokum butter is a dry and flaky butter which is best used for further manufacturing purposes and because of its dry nature many will think that the butter has gone bad. This is normal and all raw Kokum butter will have a dry and cracked appearance.

    SPECIFICATIONS
      Color- White
      Odor- None
      Free Fatty Acids- 0.52%
      Peroxide Value- 1.20
      Non-Saponifiables- 0.706%
      Saponification Value- 188
      Iodine Value- 37.40
      Total Saturated- 52-68
      Total Monounsaturated- 30-42
      Total Polyunsaturated- 0-2
      Melting Point- 97-99°

    FATTY ACIDS
      Oleic- 40-50%
      Palmitic- 5-8%
      Linoleic- 2-4%
      Stearic- 40-45%


  • The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.





    KOKUM BUTTER USES & INDICATIONS

    Kokum Butter is often used as a substitute for Cocoa Butter due to its uniform triglyceride composition. It melts when it comes into contact with the skin. Kokum Butter is composed of beneficial compounds that help to regenerate skin cells. It is commonly used in skin healing lotions, creams and body butters, as well as soaps, cosmetics and toiletries.

    SKIN CARE BENEFIT

    Kokum Butter is rich in essential fatty acids, which aid in cell oxygenation and make nutrients more readily available for use by skin tissues. Kokum Butter also contains antioxidant vitamin E. It is a non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging) material that aids quick absorption and adds a premium texture to your cream emulsions. Kokum Butter helps regenerate tired and worn skin cells and supports skin elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. It has been used traditionally in India to soften skin and restore elasticity and as a balm for dry, cracked, rough and calloused skin. It is also beneficial for the treatment of many different conditions, such as:
    • Helps prevent dry skin and wrinkles.
    • Helps regenerate skin cells.

    USING KOKUM BUTTER

    With its relatively higher melt point, Kokum Butter melts slightly at skin temperatures making it ideal for lipsticks and balms. It is also a great addition to bar soaps and skin lotions and may be easily incorporated into Lotions, Creams, and Body Butters. It is also wonderful to use in the summer as a moisturizer before and after sun exposure to reduce possibility of the skin peeling or becoming dried out. Use as an addition to:
    • Creams, lotions, and balms.
    • Cosmetic foundations.
    • Lipsticks.
    • Conditioners.
    • Moisturizers.





    KOKUM BUTTER DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Kokum Butter is used as a skin softener and protector. It is found in many skin care products. Use product as indicated on product label. For external use only.




    KOKUM BUTTER SAFETY & INTERACTIONS

    Those with serious or persistent skin problems, such as eczema, should consult a health care provider before using Kokum Butter.

    Not recommended by those with nut allergies.





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  • KOKUM BUTTER HERBAL PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Kokum Butter (Garcinia Indica), Bulk Cosmetic & Skin Butter
    This Kokum Butter is derived from the Garcinia tree and is expeller pressed and refined. A highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. A great ingredient to add to healing lotions, creams, and body butters. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product. Extraction is expeller pressed and refined, white color with a hard texture. Cosmetic use only.


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Kokum Butter, Ultra Refined, 8 oz.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Kokum Care Conditioner, Better Botanicals, 8 oz. (72414)
    This deep conditioner for dry, brittle hair is a potent blend of rejuvenating essential fatty acids (EFAs), circulation-boosting herbs and strengthening amino acids. With Kokum butter, aloe, calendula, rosemary, wheat protein and panthenol. Use daily to restore vibrant vitality and silky manageability. A great partner to our Neem Care Shampoo.
    HerbsPro: Kokum Butter Body Balm, Better Botanicals, 8 oz
    Antioxidant, Ayurvedic lotion rich in EFAs, vitamins and herbs, delivers soothing nourishment with kokum butter, watercress, valerian & clary sage. Helps to strengthen skin, to calm inflammations and irritations, and to restore suppleness and silkiness. Must have for dry/sensitive and fragile skin.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Kokum Butter Chunks, Ultra Refined, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kokum Butter is derived from the fruit seed (Garcinia Indica) of the Kokum tree, grown in the central east region of India. The seeds are cold pressed to derive the butter from the seeds, and further processed and refined to obtain a very white butter, having a fairly mild odor. Kokum Butter is one of the most stable and hardest vegetable butters known. While exhibiting excellent emollient properties and high oxidative stability, Kokum Butter is suitable for cosmetics and toiletries. With its relatively higher melt point, it melts slightly at skin temperatures, making it ideal for lipsticks and balms, and it's also a great addition to bar soaps and skin and body lotions. Ingredients: Kokum Butter (Garcinia Indica Seed).
    Kalyx: Kokum Butter Body Balm, Better Botanicals, 8 fl oz: HF
    Hand & Body Lotion (for dry and damaged skin) is a nourishing Ayurvedic balm to soothe and rejuvenate dry/sensitive skin. Deeply-moisturizing Kokum Butter is rich in essential fatty acids (EFA's) that keep skin healthy and strong. This aromatic balm is also enriched with stimulating and ionic herbs to help enhance circulation and renew stressed skin. This is a cruelty free product with no animal ingredients, no synthetic colors or fragrances. Blended in India under Ayurvedic license.
    Kalyx: Kokum Care Conditioner For Dry Hair, Better Botanicals, 8 oz: HF
    This pH balanced deep conditioner for dry, brittle hair is a potent blend of rejuvenating Essential Fatty Acids, circulation boosting herbs, rich plant oils to restore vibrancy and shine, and strengthening amino acids. Contains Kokum Butter (moisturizer), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Calendula (rich in phytonutrients to heal and protect), Rosemary (stimulates and soothes the scalp reducing excess oil and flakes).


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    Amazon: Black Kokum Fruit Grocery & Gourmet Food Products
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