Monday, December 26, 2011
Vernacular Name: Long Jack, Pasak Bumi, Malaysian Ginseng
Botanical Name: Eurycoma longifolia
Specimens From: Malaysia
The fruit is small and oblong in shape. Green when young, turning to red and finally to dark red to almost black when it ripens. It contains a yellow seed, which is fairly big for a fruit of that size.
Tongkat Ali is generally used as an aphrodisiac by men and to a lesser extend, used as testosterone boosters in bodybuilding. Studies on animals have shown positive results too. But the potency is found mainly in the roots and not in the fruits. Hence, the fruits are usually neglected whereas the root extracts are not cheap. The root extracts are extremely bitter while the fruits are rather tasteless.
Fruit: Tongkat Ali; Eurycoma longifolia; Simaroubaceae.
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