|Louvi plum Quick Facts
||Flacourtia inermis Roxb
||Philippines but which has naturalized in tropical Asia and Africa
||Green to yellow to glossy, bright red
||Sub-globose to globose, 2–2.5 cm diameter, smooth
||Sour and astringent
Lobi-Lobi, scientifically known as Flacourtia inermis Roxb., is originated in tropical Asia including Malesia. The annual planted in the tropics of the New World. It is planted as a shade. The plant grows in form of trees which is 3 meters to 10 meters high. The trunk is usually crooked, furrowed and gnarled upto 35 cm with brown or grey, smooth bark. Branchlets are pubescent to nearly tomentose and brownish. Leaves are single, alternately and short-stemmed. Leaves are oval, 8 to 20 cm long and 3-15 cm wide. Racemes are short, nearly reduced to fascicles about 1 to 1.5 cm and puberulous having several small bracts at the base. Pedicles are slender, finely pubescent and measures 4-10 mm. Sepals are ovate, obtuse and nearly glabrous outside. Stamens are not fully developed. The fruit is round measuring 1-3 cm in diameter that encompasses many seeds. Fruit has soft skin with smooth surface. Young fruits are yellowish green which turns to dark red to purple black when ripened. The fruit tastes sour.
- Fruit juice is used to treat diarrhea.
- It is also helpful in vomiting, nausea and throat aches.
- Fruits are consumed raw or used for making jelly, jam, chutney, pickles, preserves, pies and confectionary.
- In Indonesia, cooked fruits are used in rujak (mixed fruit, chilli sauce and peanut) and asinan (mixed vegetable with chilli flavor).
- Fruits are processed in the form of jam, syrup and sweets.