At GacLife, it can be easy for us to forget that not everyone knows as much about gac fruit as we do. That’s why we’ve decided to break down this intriguing superfruit for you!
Gac contains a plethora of nutrients and vitamins that are great for your body and mind and that can improve your overall health.
Are you ready to learn how this superfruit can boost your body? Let’s dive in!
First things first: let’s dive into what exactly gac is. Gac is a fruit in the melon family, known by the scientific name Momordica Cochinchinensis.
It’s a red or orange fruit with a hard, spiky outer shell. The outer shell protects a soft and pulpy fruit and seeds, both of which can be eaten.
It’s often considered a luxury item because of its short growing season, meaning it's reserved for special holidays such as the New Year, or is used in high-end celebrity dishes.
To fully understand gac fruit, let’s take a look at the history of this fruit. Gac was first discovered almost 1200 years ago in Vietnam, although it grows all throughout Southeast Asia.
Gac thrives in warm weather, making it commonly found in areas such as Malaysia, Australia, China, and its country of origin, Vietnam.
Gac is a quickly growing plant and usually produces fruit 8 months after being planted. However, if it’s not grown in a warm enough climate it can take longer to produce fruit. Outside of its home region gac fruit typically must be grown in a greenhouse.
Another important thing to note about gac is that its fruit-bearing season is only two months long! That means that it has to be cultivated in order for farmers to reap the most benefit of planting the fruit. It’s harvested during December and January, meaning it falls outside the traditional summer harvest time.
In the past, gac was used mainly as an ingredient in natural medicine or traditional Southeast Asian dishes, such as rice dishes. However, as the fruit becomes more well known it has been making the leap across the globe and can now be found in household beverages and other everyday items.
Gac may have a unique look and feel, but it doesn’t typically have such an exciting flavor profile. This fruit has a very mild flavor, often compared to that of avocado.
However, unlike avocados, gac is rather mushy and soft. It’s often combined with other ingredients to bring out its full potential.
Keep in mind that only the flesh and seeds of the fruit are edible! You cannot eat the outer skin, so be careful not to accidentally ingest it.
Probably the most exciting part of gac fruit is its health benefits. Gac is packed with nutrients and minerals that keep your body functioning at its best and help you to be as healthy as possible.
A few of these nutrients include:
Each of these nutrients can provide your body with some serious health rewards. Like what? Let’s take a look.
Lycopene is a nutrient in the carotenoid family that is linked with strengthened men’s health and improved eyesight. It’s also linked to reduced risk for tumor and cancer growth, making it a nutrient we’re all about incorporating into our meal plan!
Did you know that gac has one of the highest concentrations of beta-carotene in fruits and vegetables? That’s right! In fact, it contains 10 times more beta-carotene than tomatoes, which are one of the vegetables with the highest content of this carotenoid.
Beta-carotene is associated with memory and reduced risk for Alzheimer’s and cognitive degenerative diseases. On top of that, beta-carotene turns into Vitamin A in the body, which is one of many vitamins we need to help us function at our best.
Speaking of Vitamin A, gac contains this important vitamin as well! Vitamin A helps keep your immune system strong and prevents your body from contracting diseases. Especially with flu season upon us, keeping Vitamin A in your diet is important for optimal health.
Lutein is another important antioxidant for the body; it helps improve eye health and can even prevent issues such as macular degeneration. One thing lutein also does is help your eyes block harmful light rays such as UV and blue light rays.
Similar to lutein, zeaxanthin is a protein that helps fight eye degeneration and blocks blue light from hitting the retina and harming your eyes. Gac is chock full of this protein as well.
Omega-3 fatty acids are most commonly found in fish oils and fatty fish skin, but they’re also found in gac! These fatty acids are essential for preventing heart disease and lowering blood pressure.
Now that you know what gac is you’re probably wondering how you can incorporate it into your diet! Well, we have a few ideas.
The juicy pulp of this fruit can be eaten raw, but it won’t have the most exciting flavor. A great way to incorporate it into your diet is to blend it with other fruits to make a smoothie. Check out our Gac Powder, to easily incorporate the benefits of Gac into any smoothie!
Traditionally it is cooked with sticky rice and served at the Tet festival in Vietnam. This rice is known as Xoi Gac, and is red color and has a mild flavor similar to carrot or cantaloupe.
Another way to eat this fruit is to put it on your favorite pasta or pizza in fruit or Gac Powder form! However, if you’re looking for our favorite way to get gac into your diet, we recommend checking out one of our drinkable gac beverages.