Garcinia cambogia is a small, sweet, exotic fruit native to South India and Southeast Asia. It is a
Garcinia cambogia is a small, sweet, exotic fruit native to South India and Southeast Asia. It is a moderate-sized, evergreen tree and the flowers are unisexual, sessile and axillary. The leaves are dark green, shining, elliptic to obovate. The fruit of Garcinia cambogia has been traditionally used in food preparation and cooking, having a distinctive taste. It has garnered a lot of attention of late as a popular natural weight loss aid. The reason is that the rind of this pumpkin like fruit is rich in a substance called hydroxycitric acid/HCA. Hydroxycitric acid is an herbal extract found in the fruits of the genus Garcinia. It is typically an extract of the rinds of Garcinia cambogia fruit, also called Brindle berry.