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Scientific name: Genipa americana

Family: Rubiaceae

Origin: S Mexico and Tropical America

Medicinal use: Genipa americana is grown for its edible fruit, and for drinks, jams, ice cream, and sugary powders. In traditional medicine it is useful in treating attacks of the candirú microfish. South American native nations wash their legs in the clear liquid of the fruit, which has an astringent effect. When the liquid oxidizes, it stains the skin black. The dyeing is permanent, but only affects the outer layers of the epidermis

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