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Turkey Berry Benefits for Healthy

Turkey Berry. Credit: Forest & Kim Starr via Wikimedia Commons

This plant is a small shrub, grow upright and 1-3 m high. The round and branched stalks and the prick are sticking rough and smooth-haired. Single leaf lies berelingun, oval-shaped width with a length of 5-25 cm and 3-20 cm wide, edges tapered edge pinnate pinnate light green. The stem of the leaves is densely hairy with some spikes attached. The flowers are compounded with a star-shaped crown, white in color; Flowers usually come out of the leaf's armpit or from the tip of the stem. Shaped green round and when cooked yellow orange slightly brownish, slippery.
A plant of the moist tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,600 meters. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 17 - 29 ° c, but can tolerate 12 - 35 ° c. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 1,000 - 2,000mm, but tolerates 700 - 4,200mm. Heavy rainfall discourages fruit set. Succeeds in full sun and in light shade. Grows well in a range of fertile, moist but well-drained soils. Prefers a pH in the range 5 - 6, tolerating 4.3 - 6.8. Plants can tolerate some drought.
The plant is spread by birds that eat the fruits and spread the seeds. It is considered to be a major weed in the pastures, along roadsides and in wasteland in the tropics. It also occurs in plantations, but is not found in significant quantities in cultivated land.

Chemical content:

This plant contains chemicals such as; Jurubine, 0.1% solasonin, chlorogenin, sisalagenone, torvogenin, vitamin A, panicolugenin, neochlorogenin.


The fruit can be eaten raw or processed first such as boiled, picked, etc. Fruit can be eat raw or cooked by boiling it or cook with chilie. A juicy pulp, containing many small seeds. A distinctive, bitter flavor, it tends to be more appreciated by older people.
The fruit is eaten raw in Asia, where it is also cooked and served as a side dish with rice, or is added to stews, soups, curries etc. The yellowish, globose berry can be 10 - 15mm in diameter, containing many small seeds. The immature fruit is green, turning yellow then orange as it ripens. An extract of the plant is sometimes used as a curdling agent.

Medicinal Benefits:

  • The plant is often used in traditional medicine and, when used wisely, its fruit and leaves can be used to control a range of microbial activities. Therefore this plant is proven to cure ulcers and ulcers or other external injuries. To use it, wash some fresh leaves of this rainforest herbt, and then mash it until it smooth and paste on the sick place until well wrapped.
  • The glycoalkaloid solasodine, which is used in India in the manufacture of steroidal sex hormones for oral contraceptives.
  • This plant can be used as a tonic, toothache treatment, lowering high blood pressure and useful as a diuretic.
  • The leaves and fruits are used for stomach pain, menstrual disorders, chronic cough, stiff waist, stiff swelling.
  • The juice of the plant is used to treat fevers, coughs, asthma, chest ailments, afternoon throats, rheumatism, dropsy, stomach aches and gonorrhoea. To use it, boil the roots, leaves and fruit after it cleaned, then strain and drink the water every morning and afternoon approximately ½ cup until the pain disappears.
  • The juice of the flowers, with salt added, is used as eye drops.
  • The leaves are an effective antimicrobial and diuretic. An infusion is used as a treatment for thrush. The leaves are dried and ground to powder, this is used as a medicine for diabetic patients.
  • A syrup prepared from the leaves and flowers is used as a treatment for colds.
  • An infusion of the leaves and fruits is used as a treatment for bush yaws and sores
  • The young fruits are used to improve the eyesight
  • Make a pasta from mature fruit and applied as a poultice to the forehead to treat headaches. The fruit juice is applied locally to ease the irritation of ant bites.
  • A decoction of the root is used to treat venereal disease. Boil the root, add lime juice, and the whole is drunk as a treatment for malaria. The juice of the roots is used to treat vomiting caused by weakness.
  • The pounded root is inserted into the cavity of a decayed tooth to relieve toothache.


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