But there are also Food Values in Colocynth!! You Know??

By Editorial Team Colocynth is one kind of fruit. Everybody has little or more familiarity with this name. But the amount who did n...


By Editorial Team

Colocynth is one kind of fruit. Everybody has little or more familiarity with this name. But the amount who did not see this fruit is not poor at all. ‘Colocynth’ is also used as a well-known proverb in Bengali literature. Outer part is so beautiful but the inner is empty. The man who is very handsome but useless and ineffective is often compared with this fruit, Colocynth. But as it is used as useless fruit, it is not actually useless. Colocynth fruit and its tree have important medicinal qualities. Besides, this fruit is one of the favorite foods of birds. The beauty of a rip Colocynth attracts everyone.

The Bengali Name of this fruit is ‘Makal Fal’. And its second English name is Cucumber. Its scientific name is Citrullus Colocynthis. There are 42 species of this family in this world. In Bangladesh, There are 12 species of them. Turkey is the birthplace of this tree. From Turkey it is spread in Asia and Africa. It is a perennial plant. It is one kind of climbing tree. Colocynth tree grows grappling a big tree or a wall. A adult Colocynth tree can grow up to 30 to 40 feet in height. In April-May, there are white flowers in Colocynth trees. And in July-August, the fruit rip. This fruit is round to look. At early age it is deep green in color, after some days yellow and gets red when it is rip. Once there were huge Colocynth trees in here and there in villages. But as a result of rapid urbanization and industrialization there are few favorable space to grow Colocynth. That’s why this fruit is being declining or on the way of extinction.


Colocynth fruit is one of birds’ favorite foods. Besides, this tree is friendly to environment. This fruit and tree have also medicinal qualities.

-The root of Colocynth is used to prepare medicine of Constipation and Indigestion.

-In relief from the infection of nose and ear, cough and asthma, this tree is used largely.

-The fruit, stem and root of this tree have also alleviative power on Jaundice, Edema, Breast inflammation, Urinal problem, Arthritis, Bulging belly and Asthma of babies.

-The oil from this seeds is used to alleviate snake’s and scorpion’s bite, stomachic problem (Dysentery, Diarrhea), hysteria etc. It is also used to produce soap.

-The oil from the seeds of this fruit is also effective to grow and blacken hair.

-The mixture from the powder of the dried seeds of this fruit works as insecticide of crops.  

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