Lanzones – Exotic Fruit With Big Health Benefits

Lansium domesticum, also known as langsat, buahluku or lanzones, is a species of tree in the Mahogany family. The tree bears edible fruits. The lanzones, which originates from western Southeast Asia and Southern India (it is the provincial flower for the Indonesian province of South Sumatra), besides being a very delicious treat, is also a significantly healthy fruit. It grows in clusters (similar to grapes) and has an oval shape, with a yellow to light brown peel. 

The fruit can be elliptical, oval, or round, measuring 2 to 7 centimeters (0.79 to 2.8 in) by 1.5 to 5 centimeters (0.59 to 2.0 in) in size. Fruits look much like small potatoes.

The larger fruits are in the variety known as duku. It is covered with thin, yellow hair giving it a slightly fuzzy appearance. The skin thickness varies with the varieties, from 2 millimeters (0.079 in) to approximately 6 millimeters (0.24 in).

The fruit contains 1 to 3 seeds, flat, and bitter tasting. The seeds are covered with a thick, clear-white aril that tastes sweet and sour. The taste has been likened to a combination of grape and grapefruit and is considered excellent by most tasters. The sweet juicy flesh contains sucrose, fructose, and glucose. For consumption are preferred cultivars with small or undeveloped seeds and thick aril.

Lanzones is cultivated mainly for its fruit, which can be eaten raw. The fruit can also be bottled in syrup. The wood is hard, thick, heavy, and resilient, allowing it to be used in the construction of rural houses. Some parts of the plant are used in making traditional medicine.

The bitter seeds can be pounded and mixed with water to make a deworming and ulcer medication. The bark is used to treat dysentery and malaria; the powdered bark can also be used to treat scorpion stings.

The fruit’s skin is used to treat diarrhea, and in the Philippines the dried peel is burned and used as a mosquito repellent. The skin, especially of the langsat variety, can be dried and burned as incense.

Lanzones can be consumed through syrup, as a candy, or can be cooked, but local people consume it fresh and raw. One serving of lanzones contains approximately 100 g of the edible portion of the fruit.

Lanzones per 1 serving contain 86.5 g of moisture, 0.8 g of protein, 9.5 g of carbohydrates and 2.3 g of fiber. Additionally, this fruit contains 20 g of calcium, 30 g of phosphorus, 13 IU of vitamin A, 89 mcg of thiamine, 124 mcg of riboflavin, 1 g of ascorbic acid and 1.1 mg of phytin per 1 serving.

The greatest producers of lanzones are Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. The production is mostly for internal consumption, although some is exported to Singapore and Hong Kong.

However you consume lanzones, it`s important to know that this exotic fruit has a plenty of positive effects on your health.

Ä Lanzones are rich in fiber

A portion of one hundred grams of lanzones has more than 2 grams of fiber, which meets almost 6%  of the recommended daily value (RDV) of fiber for men and almost 8% for women. Foods that contain fiber have a bunch of positive effects for the body, such as lowering the risk of heart disease, avoiding constipation and so on.

Tip: the seeds and the peel of the lanzones shouldn’t be consumed- only its flesh.

Ä Lanzones are rich in riboflavin

Consumption of lanzones provides you with riboflavin- a vitamin known as a vitamin B2. A portion of one 100 grams of lanzones contains 124 micrograms of riboflavin which fulfills almost 8% of the recommended daily dose of the vitamin for both women and men.

Riboflavin, as all the other B group vitamins, helps in the process of transforming carbohydrates into energy. As a water-soluble vitamin, the riboflavin needs to be consumed on an everyday basis because the human body can`t store it.

Ä Lanzones are rich in antioxidants

The natural antioxidants, named polyphenols, can help in prevention of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure or heart diseases. Other antioxidants found in the lanzones clean the body from free radicals which might cause serious diseases and quicken the process of aging.

Lanzones are much recommended to be consumed fresh and raw in order for you to feel all their benefits.

Lanzones have multiple health benefits:

1.       The bark from the tree that grows the lanzone fruit can function as an astringent to treat diarrhea.

2.       Powder from the bark can also help to treat scorpion stings.

3.       The lanzone fruit can serve as a febrifuge, meaning it lowers your body temperature.

4.       Lanzones contain riboflavin and thiamine, that is vitamin B-2 and B-1 respectively. Riboflavin supports body growth and red blood cell production. Additionally, riboflavin helps your body to release energy from carbohydrates. Our body uses thiamine to break down sugars. Additionally, thiamine can help to treat several nerve and heart conditions.

5.       Lanzones also contain vitamin A, also known as retinol or carotenoids. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a fundamental role in maintaining healthy skin, teeth, soft and skeletal tissue and mucous membranes. Vitamin A also functions as an eye pigment fundamental in night or low light situations.

6.       Lanzones contain carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants play a fundamental role in protecting cells from free radicals, associated with many medical disorders.

7.        The resin from the bark of Lansium domesticum tree was prescribed for flatulence (a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal), for swellings and as an antispasmodic (a drug used to relieve or prevent spasms).

8.       The resin may also be useful in the treatment of inflammation and colic (acute abdominal pain) of the gastro-intestinal tract.


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Nancy Liu
4 years ago

I was at a friend’s house the other day and she served me a fruit salad as a refreshment. One of the ingredients were these sour sweet tasty pieces I have never tasted before. She showed me this article about lanzones and how beneficial these fruits actually are. Now I also get the best of all their benefits in my kitchen.

Joko Noerdin
4 years ago

I live with my family near the city of Palembang in South Sumatra. Lanzones is a fruit that is indeed very common for our region and has been used for preparation of traditional medicines for many generations due to its extremely powerful and useful properties. We use it in our family every day, and it is a really good source of healthy nutrients.

Bjorn Nordstrom
4 years ago

I travelled to India last month. On the market in New Delhi I accidentally run into these potato alike fruits called lanzones and decided to try them. Now after reading this article, being fully aware of how good they actually are, I look forward to using them in my daily nutrition. This would really improve my lifestyle.

Michael Stanton
4 years ago

Every time I get back home from the gym I love to prepare some delicious smoothie and consume it as a snack. I was amazed of how good lanzones are when I read this article so I started adding them in my smoothies. Once in a while I also like to eat some raw ones instead of processed, they are a perfect part of an evening meal. A proper boosting energy bomb!

Joana Stantieva
4 years ago

I am a big fan of the part where it says that lanzones help the body to get rid of free radicals which can quicken the process of aging. Plus, all those other beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Amazing! Now I buy and consume this fruit every time I have the chance. Who doesn’t want to stay young, right?

Sandra Corben
4 years ago

Lanzones – love at first sight when it comes to fruits. I simply love lanzones. This fruits has very interesting and specific taste. Plus all those vitamins, antioxidants, fibers, healthy acids, cure for scorpion stings, traditional medicines. What more can you wish? You can even make a house out of its branches, seriously?

Marry Springstein
4 years ago

We were sitting in the yard few days ago where we have a lanzones tree and my grandfather told me stories about moments in the past when he prepared traditional medicines from the resin of lanzones for my grandmother and father when they had a cold or they were suffering from some disease. This fruit is indeed very great, it does miracles for you!

Stephan Montrau
4 years ago

My heart condition always pushes me to seek for new healthy things to use and eat. Especially things from popular medicine, known to help with heart related diseases, such as numerous fruits and vegetables. Lanzones became a new friend of mine that I use in my daily nutrition. I found and bought a syrup made of lanzones and also enjoy eating them raw.

Angela Riccardi
4 years ago

Eat healthy, stay healthy, live healthy. My motto! In order to stay healthy and fit and be constantly energized throughout the day, I eat a lot of fruits. I didn’t use lanzones before, but now I can’t stop consuming this fruit. How can I, when they are so healthy and have all these beneficial substances and properties.

Mary Duarte
4 years ago

You simply can’t avoid trying lanzones if you live where I live, in the Philippines. They are everywhere. The tradition of growing and gathering lanzones dates quite back in time. Tasty and very healthy to eat, everything you want from a fruit. Lanzones are indeed an excellent source of a large amount of the vitamins, minerals and other healthy elements necessary for your body in order to stay healthy. Even when you become sick, they will do a great favor for your health and will help you relieve the symptoms of many diseases. Enormous beneficial properties at the tip of your hand!

4 years ago

If I understood correctly, lychee and lanzones fruit are one and the same thing. I did try lanzones fruit once, but I knew only its other name, lychee. It seemed a bit slimy at first but the taste is actually rather good, you simply need to get used to it. I would recommend it for consumption, especially if you are a person who has a certain curiosity for different types of foods.

4 years ago

There is a canned version of lanzones fruit but I am not sure if canned lanzones fruit is equally recommendable as the fresh lanzones fruit version. I would assume that some vitamins are destroyed in the process and that the fresh lanzones fruit will be a better source of vitamins and minerals.

4 years ago

I came across some pictures of lanzones fruit, longan and something called rambutan and they all seemed rather similar to me – can someone tell me if there is any difference between the lanzones fruit, longan and the rambutan fruit sort? Judging by the pictures that I found on the web it seems that the lanzones fruit, rambutan and longan have the same-looking flesh but I am curious if they taste the same or not.

4 years ago

Your article confirms that lanzones fruit is indeed extremely very healthy! My 16-yrs old cousin will be interested to read the lanzones fruit info as she often has some health issues (struggling with stomach problems and constipation). And I myself will definitely use lanzones fruit in times of viruses, colds and high body temperatures!

4 years ago

I’ve read somewhere that lanzones fruit is good for your skin too! I am happy to read this as it turns out that lanzones combats aging process and makes us youthful for a long time! This is particularly useful for me to know about lanzones fruit I a struggle for years with allergies, eczema and dry and patchy skin! Thanks a lot for sharing!

4 years ago

Is it true that lanzones fruit promotes red cell production? If so, I shall recommend lanzones fruit to a neighbor of mine who is struggling with anemia for ages! She has tried out too many medical therapies that were only short-term efficient and she might want to try out some healthier, natural, home-made remedies. Lanzones fruit might be the answer for her anemia! Thanks immensely!

4 years ago

Yummie, even though I am not a real fruitarian, I can eat fruit every day! A newly discovered fruit sort, here I come! So I am definitely going to try some lanzones fruit after reading this! I am thinking of using lanzones in salads, shakes and smoothies and if I think of a good lanzones recipe, I shall share it with you guys!

4 years ago

I got inspired by this lanzones fruit article so here is a tasty fruit salad recipe with lanzones fruit, for those among us who are exotic fruit lovers: 5-6 lanzones fruits cut into pieces, 5-6 tablespoons of cut pineapple pieces, 5-6 strawberries all cut and mixed together and you have a superb fruit salad!

4 years ago

The lanzones fruit will be a great addition to our fruit desert recipes, thanks for the lanzones article. We love our weekends when we all get together as a family and try to be creative with kids in our spacious kitchen while using different sorts of fruits and vegetables for making our delicious smoothies. Lanzones fruit will definitely be a part of our nutrition.

4 years ago

After work I often feel that my energy level is too low. And to be honest, I sometimes feel too tired or even lazy to make a proper dinner so I am looking for some healthy and nutritional dinner replacements. It seems that the lanzones fruit is nutritious enough so I would love to use lanzones in my shakes and smoothies, as an afternoon fruit energizer. I would be grateful if someone would recommend me some lanzones favorite recipes.

4 years ago

I have regularly had problems with digestion. I had diarrhea, constipation and all that goes with that. I got exhausted from trying new things over and over and not getting help from any of them. Natural remedies were first on my list because I got sick of taking medicines. I first heard about this fruit from a chat friend who is from the Philippines. We were on Skype and he kept eating this “potato” so I was curious to find out what that is. It was actually really funny to me because lanzones look exactly like potatoes. At least that’s what the Skype video showed me! Anyway, I started reading about lanzones and research said that this fruit is great for digestion so I started incorporating it in my diet. Of course, my friend made sure I got the best fruit because he came to visit me. I highly recommend it in the diet of people who suffer from similar issues like mine. It is both healthy and tasty, so don’t get discouraged by that potato look!

Veronica Chase
4 years ago

What a coincidence! I was just googling this fruit, especially since I thought they were delicious veggies from the potato family and I’m a huge potato fan. However, it’s not something that you see every day on the grocery shelves and I wouldn’t have guessed the nutritional value of this fruit. So, I would appreciate if somebody could tell me where I can find fresh lanzones. BTW since I’m expecting, my doctor suggested me to increase the intake of products which are rich in fiber and that’s how I came across this fruit. The fiber presence is unbelievable and pretty much everything I need in a day in order to improve my diet and be really healthy and prepared for my newborn.

4 years ago

One year ago, I started having problems with my hair loss, however when I started consuming this fruit on a daily base, not until I began this online research about lanzones, I noticed that I haven’t been dealing with my hair loss problem for quite a long period of time. If it wasn’t for this research to help me understand its nutritive values, I wouldn’t have known the reason for my hair improvement. Lanzones are extremely refreshing, powerful and versatile when it comes to the health benefits. The first time I saw lanzones on the market, they looked weird to me, moreover, they looked something between potatoes and grapes. Honestly, I wasn’t attracted to it, but this fruit did trigger my curiosity. Lanzones are all vitamins you need for the day. Instead of taking a certain number of vitamin pills every day, you can simply eat lanzones as much as you want. You have no excuse since they are more and more often on the organic market. The real lovers of organic food, won’t and mustn’t miss them. The vitamin A content is the lanzones is being hunted for medical reasons. It is the solution for maintaining healthy skin, teeth, hair, nails and, let alone the eyes health. Make sure you don’t just pass by them next week when you go to the market. Buy them and you will thank me for that incredible taste.