This research will help cultivate this critically-endangered species at home, protecting it from being indiscriminately harvested from forests!
Blood fruit is a woody climber and it is very popular among tribes in the Northeastern states, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Bangladesh. The fruit is not only tasty and rich in anti-oxidant but is also a good source of dye for the local handicraft industry.The scientists extracted and studied pigmentation in blood fruit.
Among the different solvents tried for extraction, they found that dimethylsulphoxide was the best solvent to extract chlorophylls and total carotenoids. More studies are underway to characterize the red colour propThe scientists also extracted and studuied pigmentation in blood fruit.