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BOROJO: The Aphrodisiac Superfruit

Borojo PowderI am researching and testing different food supplements with the intention of adding the best of the lot to my product line. The second product on my review list is a powder called borojo (pronounced bo-ro-ho). Your opinions are very valuable and I encourage you to assist me in making my final selection by casting your vote in my online poll (see right sidebar).

Borojo (botanical name: Alibertia Patinoi or Borojoa Patinoi Cuatrec) is a green-colored tropical fruit about the size of a large lemon or medium-sized orange that has been nicknamed “The Natural Viagra” in Colombia and Panama due to its reputed aphrodisiac and health-providing qualities.

The brown-colored pulp of this nutritious fruit is endowed with a mix of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and a compound called sesquiterpelantond that appears to inhibit cell growth in harmful tumors. Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a measurement of the antioxidant capacity of food. The USDA recommends a daily ORAC intake of 3,000-5,000 units, while borojo contains one of the highest readings (5,400 µmolTE/100 g) among fruits and vegetables. Compared to other fruits, borojo possesses one of the highest levels of water-soluble vitamin B and a large amount of phosphorus (60mg per 100g of pulp), which is beneficial for brain functions such as memory and concentration. In addition, a pound of borojo fruit contains as much amino acid as three pounds of fresh meat.

Besides being known as a natural aphrodisiac, borojo is used in Latin America to treat bronchial afflictions, hypertension, and malnutrition. Slightly tart or sour in taste, borojo is added to sauces, jams, wine, ice cream, and other desserts. Kiosks outside soccer stadiums sell a borojo-flavored beverage called “jugo de amor” (love juice) that is marketed to men going home after games. Borojo is especially appealing to women as an appetite suppressant and natural source of energy. The fruit itself is high in fiber.

Recipe for “Jugo de Amor”

1 whole borojo fruit
2 liters water
1 cup powdered milk
1/2 kg sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

Place in blender with a little of the water and blend.

Dissolve the powdered milk in the remaining water and stir in vanilla, nutmeg, eggs and sugar.

Add to the blender and process until smooth – serve very cold.

In North America you will not find the whole fruit. Some Latin groceries may carry the frozen pulp.

Certificate of Analysis

I contacted a North American supplier who provided me with a current Certificate of Analysis (DHH/FDA #18575301908) of its Borojo powder. Below is a summary of the key data points:

Product Name: Borojo powder
Botanical Name: Borojoa Patinoi Cuatrec
Origin: Ecuador
Manufacture Date: 10-2014
Expiration Date: 10-2016

Moisture: ≤100.0% (specification) 7.2% (result)
Heavy Metals: ≤15 ppm (specification) ≤10 ppm (result)

Mold: ≤1,000 cfu/g (specification) 100 cfu/g (result)
E. coli: Absent/10 g (specification) Absent/10 g (result)
Salmonella: Negative (specification) Negative (result)
Pesticides/Herbicides: Meets USP St (specification) Meets USP St (result)

This product is Non-GMO.
This product is not treated with ETO, nor is it Gamma irradiated.

Dated: April 20, 2015


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