The Incredible Gac Fruit
Gac fruit, a source of Mother Nature’s most powerful antioxidants, has been cherished for more than 1,000 years by generations of people in Southeast Asia for its health-giving properties.
Known as the ‘Fruit from Heaven’ because of its nutritional and health-promoting benefits, Gac fruit (mormordica cochinchinensis) is reported to contain the highest concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene of any known fruit or vegetable, along with exceptionally high levels of vitamins C and E.
Commonly known as 'Gac', this beautiful, unique, bright orange fruit is about the size of a small melon. First identified in Northern Vietnam, it can be found throughout the warmer climates of Southeast Asia. Gac is a tropical vine, with a very short harvest season, and can be found in gardens and fruit farms throughout Vietnam.
When ripe, the fruit is bright orange or red, with a thick spiky rind and inside, a light orange spongy lining surrounding 15-20 bright red seed pods. It is the lining around the seed pods, the aril, that contains the rich Gac oil, prized for its nutrient content, which includes lycopene, beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. The Gac oil has the magical ability to help absorb all these important nutrients.
Traditional Use in Health Care
Despite the influx of modern skin-care products, Vietnamese women (including royalty in by-gone days) still use oil from the Gac fruit to nourish and soften their skin, and as a conditioner to strengthen hair so it shines and grows without splitting. Countless generations continue to find Gac fruit oil a useful remedy for dry and sore eyes.
Gac Fruit has a growing reputation
While Gac is still relatively unknown in the West, modern medicine and health researchers are taking an increasing interest in this wonder fruit. Modern researchers have sought to investigate this fruit, and its strong reputation as a health-promoting food. They confirm that not only does the brilliant red-orange hue of a ripe Gac fruit look distinctive on the outside, it is unique on the inside too. In fact, Gac contains up to 70 times the lycopene found in tomatoes, 10 times the beta-carotene found in carrots and up to 40 times the Vitamin C found in oranges.
These antioxidants and vitamins are all associated with fortifying the immune system, healthy glowing skin, stronger hair and nails, a healthier heart and longer-lasting eye-sight.
Thanks to Gac’s exceptional flavour when it’s fresh, (think cantaloupe with hints of cucumber and carrot) and its vibrant colour, Gac is used in traditional Vietnamese dishes to mark special occasions, such as the Lunar New Year and weddings. It is often cooked with sticky rice in local restaurants and at home too, where it’s called Xoi Gac.
In Vietnam, and other parts of Asia its dark orange pulp symbolises life, vitality and longevity. Claims supported by numerous research reports have shown the extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants the fruit contains.
Available Now, from Only Gac Fruit in the UK
You won’t be able to find fresh Gac fruit in your local supermarket. Its short harvest season (December and January) means that it is usually reserved for ceremonial or festive occasions. The oil on the other hand, the naturally-concentrated source of the lycopene and beta-carotene and other nutrients, keeps well.
Only Gac Fruit has packaged this oil in capsule form, so you can enjoy its health benefits all year round.
So, what are you waiting for? Order yours today.