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What is ‘Gac’ fruit?

Originating from Southeast Asia, particular Vietnam and China, and reaching the size of a cantaloupe, Gac fruit (Momordica cochinchinensis) is often called “the fruit from heaven”. Gac fruit is often cultivated as an ornamental plant because of its strange shape and magnificent red color, a demonstration of it high level in beta-carotene, an essential nutrient for health. Many people also find its bright red color to uplift the spirit and bring a renewed sense of mental energy. Used both in food as well as in medicine, Gac fruit brings several interesting benefits: 70 times more Lycopene than Tomatoes 20 times more Beta-carotene than Carrots 40 times more Vitamin C than Oranges 40 times more Zeaxanthin than Yellow Corn These days it is common to see Gac fruit juice on supermarket shelves and foods using Gac as a natural colorant. Even spa product producers have taken noticed of Gac fruit’s health benefits. Natural Rendezvous uses Gac oil in their skin care line. The oil is produced from the Gac seed membrane (the layer around the seeds), …