Prekese is a shinny,glabrous dark purple-brown fruit, 15-25cm long and about 5cm across, with four longitudinal, wing-like ridges. It has a sweet taste. When cooked into soups, and other dishes, it adds a depth of flavor and a sweet and fragrant aroma.
Prekese has been known as medicinal plant in Africa for many years/centuries: the importance of this fruit was documented since 1948 and authenticated in laboratories and field experiments. Prekese can be found in most Africa countries, from Ghana to Sudan, Senegal, Kenya, Angola and etc. The Aiden tree grows best in rainforests but is also found in African plains and savannah woodlands as well.
Dried Prekese pods are available year-round.
Prekese is rich in Lipids, magnesium, calcium, Zinc, phosphorous, copper, antioxidants, sugars, sodium, protein, iron, vitamin c, steriods, tannins and phenolic compounds.
Other local names of Prekese:
Prekese is originally from West Africa. Hence the tribes and various countries around Africa have different names of the plant. For example, Nigerians in Igbo refer to it as Oshosho or Osakirisa. In Twi, Ghana prekese is referred to as pr3k3s3. The English name for the plant is Aiden Fruit.
Benefits of Prekese
Serving as postportum care;
Postportum occurs immediately after birth. When prekese is prepared together with soup & served to the postportum mothers, it helps to prevent them from getting abdominal contractions and other mishaps after delivery.
Prekese fruit is well known by Ghanaians for controlling the level of glucose in a diabetic patient. Hence, it is advisable a diabetic patient take in Prekese tea or cook them in soup.
Control of fever
Prekese is a great remedy for the cure of cold & fever. When the plant soaked in warm water, bathed using the infused water, it is said to greatly relief fever and body temperature.
Healing of wounds & cuts
The wet extract of the plant has a strong healing power. According to research, the low concentration of prekese is more effective than the higher concentration. When grounded in paste & applied to the wound, it heals it faster.
Supports immune system
The plant is a rich source of vitamins, potassium, iron, calcuim and other essential nutrients which help in strengthening the immune system.
Treatment of Gastrointestinal Diseases
The plant can be used for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea etc.
Treatment of Hypertension
Studies reveal that the plant is helpful for healing high blood pressure and check oxidation levels of hypertension patients.
Acts as Mosquito Repellant
Disclaimer; This article is for referential purpose only & shouldn’t be treated as professional treatment. Always consult a doctor before taking any health-related decision.