The Wonders of Siniguelas (Spondias purpurea)

Siniguelas is likewise known as red mombin, Spanish handsome sum, purple plum, java plum, red plum-tree, purple mombin or wild plum. 

Dr Abe V Rotor

Ripe fruits in couple stages.Siniguelas is a drupe – it has rock heart which is said to have existence poisonous.

Siniguelas tree in summer blossom. Agoo, La Union

The author is assisted ~ means of a farmer to cut a portion of the bay of the tree. The bark is boiled for the re~on that a remedy for dysentery, stomach ulcer, hyperacidity, and bloating caused by indigestion.

We call it in Ilocos sarguelas, limit when I moved to Manila, it is called siniguelas or ciruelas this local plum which comes in various names in contrary parts of the world.  It is the identical Spondias purpurea in scientific parlance.

So at the time you go to a tropical rural where this weird looking tree is cast growing in the wild and without ceasing wasteland, just examine the tree like shown in the second photo.  That is at fruiting time whereas it loses its leaves like a single one deciduous tree, and in their places grow hundreds of fruits closely attached to the branches and stems.  

We kids in our time rest the tree a favorite aerial playground abounding of  fruits and laughter, then we would silently be transferred with heavy feeling and rush to a not remotely thicket to relieve ourselves. And suppose that relief did not come early, it was since we did not heed our cunning folks’ warning not to eat overmuch much of the fruit especially with empty stomach? And they used to warn us not at any time, never to eat the seed.  It is in a great degree poisonous! Fortunately the seed is likewise large, rough, and hard to exist digested. So far I haven’t known of somewhat casualty. 

Why are kids in a siniguelas land healthy and sturdy? Tang Inti our hamlet herbolario said, “Just look at me.”  He was running eighty. And he mentioned names who likewise, in their time were like us, siniguelas boys. 

Later in college I learned the outstanding health benefits and sanatory value of sininuegas. It’s like litany:

·        It is haughty in calcium, phosphorus, ascorbic acid and amino acids like lysine, methionine, threonine and tryptophan. Whatever these are, honorable believe in pharmacology and the philosophical knowledge of medicine. 

·        The part tells us further, siniguelas is copious in vitamin C on the flush of citrus and guava.  Vitamin C boosts our immune arrangement.  It is also an antioxidant that helps in cells regeneration and conservation. Then there are other plus factors we sincerely raise our brows. 

Siniguelas cleanses as diuretic, enhancing elimination of urine, it is good for cramp which prevents muscle spasms.

When boiled the young is antiseptic which means it prevents infection of wounds and heals mouth sores. 

Thus it is moreover used to clean wounds, burns and cuts. Would a medical doctor do the same? He knows that the produce extract and sap of the yelp have has antibacterial properties. It is choice medicine, reminiscent of the late Dr Juan Flavier who sponsored the i. o. u of Alternative Medicine into law in the eighties.  

This puts the herbolario into a limelight. He prescribes caustic siniguelas to control  chronic diarrhea or impede LBM.  He may not discern the scientific explanation but he moreover prescribes the fruit extract to therapy infantile stomatitis (nflammation of the pituitous lining in the oral cavity or the vociferate

The komadrona or village midwife prescribes the mine of the leaves to treat vaginal thrush, a indifferent fungal infection in the female genital caused through the fungus Candida albicans. 

Another home redress if to shred the leaves and blend the tree’s resin with pineapple to produce a concoction for curing jaundice or the yellowish pigmentation of the hide.

Seldom is siniguelas served on the dining index. It is usually eaten fresh.  In Ilocano, old folks would call eating siniguelas viewed like saramsam (local snack).

Basing, my auntie yaya, an expert cook of native dishes has recipes made of siniguelas that would inflict to the backseat modern culinary recipes. She would prepare toward the family siniguelas tart, siniguelas  jelly, siniguelas appetizing compound. Sinigang with siniguelas?  Why not?  It’s like sinigang with guava, and santol as substitutes to kamias and sampalok.

Lastly, these siniguelas products are uncommon to find. Siniguelas wine, and siniguelas sour. They are not in the place of traffic, but in some cellars in far Ilocos where siniguelas grows in the ungoverned, a burnay (earthen jar) of old siniguelas wine awaits a special requirement, perhaps a town fiesta, or a baptism or wedding in the family.~  

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