Caranda is a shrub growing 2 to 3 meters high. Branches are numerous, rigid and spreading, with 2 straight, simple or forked thorns, up to 5 centimeters in length on the axils and nodes. Leaves are smooth, ovate, or oblong-ovate, 4 to 7.5 centimeters in length, 2.5 to 4 centimeters in width, rounded or notched at the base, and blunt tipped. Flowers are fragrant, white or pale rose-colored, clustered in twos or threes. Calyx-segments are very slender, pointed and hairy. Corolla tube is about 2 centimeters long, smooth, with a swollen throat and hairy lobes, the lobes being lanceolate, pointed, spreading and about half as long as the tube. Fruit is a drupe, broadly ovoid, 1.5 to 2.5 centimeters long, bluntly pointed, and blackish or reddish-purple, containing 2 to 4 small, flat seeds. Pulp is reddish-purple and sour.
- Recently introduced into the Philippines
- In limited cultivation. especially in the College of Agriculture at Los Banos, Laguna.
- Native of India.
- Common in the Indian subcontinent, including Bangladesh.
- Root contains a trace amount of volatile oil with an odor similar to that of Piper betle leaf, salicylic acid, and an alkaloid.
- Study has reported carisone, carindone, carinol, lignin, oderoside and 2-acetylphenol from root materials.
- Leaves have yielded triterpenes, tannins and carissic acid.
- Fruits yield a mixture of volatile principles - 2-phenyl ethanol, linalool, ß-caryophyllene, isoamyl alcohol and benzyl acetate, and a novel triterpenic alcohol (carissol).
- Study of fresh leaves isolated four pentacyclic triterpenoids (1-4) including a new constituent, carissin (3beta-hydroxy-27-E-feruloyloxyurs-12-en-28-oic acid), and two previously unreported compounds. (12)
- A methanolic extract of roots of Carissa congesta yielded a des-N-methylnoracronycine, an acridone alkaloid, carissone, carindone, lupeol besides stigmasterol, ursolic acid and its methyl ester.
- Plant yielded major bioactive compounds, i.e., alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, large amounts of cardiac glycosides, triterpenoids, phenolic compounds, and tannins. Roots yield volatile principles including 2-acetyl phenol, lignan, carinol, sesquiterpenes (carissone, carindone), lupeol, β-sitosterol, 16β-hydroxybetulinic acid, α-amyrin, β-sitosterol glycoside, and des-Nmethylnoracronycine. Leaves yield triterpenoid constitutes as well as tannins. Fruits yield carisol, epimer of α-amyrin, linalool, β-caryophyllene, carissone, carissic acid, carindone, ursolic acid, carinol, ascorbic acid, lupeol, and β-sitosterol.
- GC-MS analysis of methanol extract of dried fruits yielded 11 compounds: Dichloroacetic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester (1), 1-Pentatriacontanol (2), Myo-inositol, 4-c-methyl (3), Heptacosanoic acid, 1-methoxy-25-methyl heptacosan-1-ol, methyl ester (4), Methyl 13-octadecenoate (5), Z,Z-6,28-Heptatriactontadien-2-one (6), 12-Oleanen-3-yl acetate, (3-alpha) (7), 2R-acetoxymethyl-1,3,3-trimethyl-4t-(3-methyl-2-buten-1-yl)-1t-cyclohexanol (8), ß-Amyrin (9), 2,4,4-Trimethyl-3-hydroxymethyl-5a-(3-methyl-but-2-enyl)-cyclohexene (10), 2R-Acetoxymethyl-1,3,3-trimethyl-4t-(3-methyl-2-buten-1-yl)-1t-cyclohexanol (11). (see study below) (27)
Study of ethanol (E) and n-hexane (nH) extracts of leaves showed total antioxidant capacity (mg/gm: ascorbic acid equivalent) of 3.61±1.74 and 4.88±3.44, respectively. Total phenolic content (mg/gm: GAE: gallic acid equivalent) showed 8.02±2.24 and 6.11±1.34, respectively. (see study below) (28)
Study of neutraceutical properties of the fruit yielded carbohydrate (19.32 ± 0.69 mg/100g), protein (0.185 ± 0.011μg/g), crude fiber (15.64 % ±0.64) with total phenolic content (188.75 ± 1.42 μgGAE/g) and ascorbic acid (62.93 ± 0.35 mg/100g). (29)
- Phytochemical analysis of root extract yielded
steroid, tannin, saponin, coumarin, alkaloids, carbohydrates, flavonoids, diterpenes, phytosterol, phenols. (34)
- Nutrient analysis of fruit yielded moisture 82.3 ±17.6%, crude protein 11.77 ±0.93 (mg g-1), total sugar 29.00 ±0.20 (mg g-1), total lipid 0.029 ±0.001 (mg g-1). Of 23 fruits studied, Carissa caranda showed the lowest sugar content. (38)
- Root considered a bitter stomachic.
- Unripe fruit considered astringent, antidiarrheal, aphrodisiac, thermogenic, appetizer, anthelmintic; the ripe fruit, cooling, acid, and antiscorbutic.
- Studies have shown antioxidant, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, hepatoprotective, antidiabetic, hypolipidemic, hypotensive, spasmolytic, gut-stimulatory, anthelmintic, anti-ulcer properties.
Roots, fruits and leaves.
Culinary / Nutrition
- Green fruit makes a good pickle; the ripe fruit may be eaten raw.
- Fruit is a rich source of iron, with a fair amount of vitamin C.
- Mature fruit, high in pectin, is useful for making jellies, jams, squash, syrup and chutney.
-The fruit makes an excellent acid jelly for serving with fish and meats.
- In India, the green fruits are pickled.
- Root used as plaster in the Konkan to keep off flies.
- A concoction pounded with horse wine, lime juice and camphor, used as a remedy for itches.
- In Cuttack, decoction of leaves used at the commencement of remittent fevers.
- In Punjab and Cashmere, leaves used in diarrhea, earache, soreness of the mouth and throat, and syphilitic pains.
- In India, root paste used for diabetic ulcers. Used for acidity, flatulence, poor digestion. Juice of fresh plant used for wounds that refuse to heal. Used for scabies, intestinal worms, pruritus, biliousness.
- In Ayurveda, stem bark used for obstinate skin diseases; the root for urinary disorders.
- In Bangladesh, plant parts used for treatment of epilepsy, malaria, fever, dysentery, and diabetes.
- Unripe fruit used as astringent; ripe fruit useful for bilious complaints.
- Ripe fruit also used as antiscorbutic.
- Reported to be an anaphrodisiac, reducing women's libido
- Silkworm: Leaves feed the tussar silkworm.
- Wood: Used for making household utensils.
Paste of pounded roots used as insect repellent.
• Anticonvulsant / Roots: Study in mice showed the ethanol extract of roots of Carissa carandas exhibited anticonvulsant effects. The data suggest the anticonvulsant effect may be due to non-specific mechanisms since there was reduction of duration of seizures produced by maximal electroshock as well as delayed the latency of seizures produced by pentylenetetrazole and picrotoxin. (3)
• Hepatoprotective / Antioxidant / Roots: Study on the ethanol extract of roots of C carandas showed significant dose-dependent hepatoprotective activity against CCl4 and paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity. Data also showed strong antioxidant activity. (4)
• Antioxidant: Eight fractions from methanolic and chloroform extracts all showed very strong antioxidant activity. Mixture of compounds in the chloroform and methanolic extracts showed better antioxidant activity than the isolated fractions. Results suggest that the synergistic effects of the constituents in the choloroform extracts of the unripe fruits showed the best antioxidant activity. (•) Study for methanolic extract of fruits for antioxidant activity using DPPH radicals showed an IC50 value of 27.45 ±0.43 µg/ml. Total phenolic content was 188.75 ± 1.42 µgGAE/g and ascorbic acid 62.93 ±0.35 mg/100 g. (39)
• Anticancer: Study of plant extracts was done on human ovarian carcinoma, Caov-3 and lung cancer cells, NCI. Chloroform extract from leaves showed good anticancer activity against Caov-3 with EC50 value of 7.702 µg/ml while the n-hexane extract of the unripe fruit showed remarkable activity against the lung cancer cell line with EC50 value of 2.942 µg/ml on methylene blue assay (MBA). (5)
• Lignans / Carandoside : Study of the stems of C carandas yielded two new compounds, carandoside and a glucopyranosylr-resinol, together with three known lignans. Study also evaluated their DPPH radical scavenging activities. (6)
• Analgesic / Anti-Inflammatory / Antipyretic / Roots: Study of the ethanol and aqueous extracts from roots of P. daemia and C. carandas showed significant analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic activities in rodent models. (7)
• Fruit Constituents: Study of volatile flavor constituents of karanda fruits growing in Cuba yielded 150 compounds in the aroma concentrate, the major constituents were isoamyl alcohol, isobutanol and beta-caryophyllene. (11)
• Antidiabetic: Study showed a methanol extract and its ethyl acetate soluble fraction significantly lowered the elevated blood glucose levels by 48% and 64.5% respectively, at dose levels of 400 mg/kg. The increased antidiabetic potential of the EAF over the ME was attributed to its partial purification with increase degree of polymerization and segregation of secondary metabolites. (13)
• Anti-Inflammatory / Analgesic / Fruits: Study of ethanolic extract of Cc fruits resulted in inhibition of stretching episodes and 16.05% inhibition in acetic acid induced writhing. (14)
• Anti-Hyperlipidemic / Leaves: Study of aqueous extract of Cc leaves in egg yolk-induced hyperlipidemic rats showed a significant reduction in body weight, cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, and LDL , with reduction in histopathologic changes in hyperlipidemic rats. Activity of ethanol and water extract of C. carandas was comparable to atorvastatin. (15)
• Acute Hypotensive Activity: Study evaluated the effect of Carissa carandas extract on cardiovascular function of normal rats. An ethanol extract showed potent acute hypotensive effect in normal rats. It stimulated the muscarinic receptors on the endothelial cells of the vasculature which causes a release of endothelial-derived relaxing factors (EDRFs) or nitric oxide that diffuses to the vasculature and causes smooth muscle relaxation. (19)
• Hypoglycemic / Antihyperglycemic: Study evaluated an aqueous extract of leaves of C. carandas on alloxan induced and normoglycemic Wistar rats. Results showed both significant hypoglycemic and antihyperglycemic effects in Wistar rats. (20)
• Antidiabetic Potential / Unripe Fruit Extract: Study showed increased antidiabetic potential of an ethyl acetate fraction over a methanol extract attributed to its partial purification achieved by fractionation resulting in increased degree of polymerization and segregation of secondary metabolites. (21)
• Spasmolytic and Gut-Stimulatory / Dual Effectiveness in Constipation and Diarrhea: Study demonstrated dual effectiveness of a crude extract of C. carandas: a gut-stimulatory effect mediated primarily through the activation of muscarinic and histaminergic receptors and a spasmolytic effect was mediated possibly through a Ca++ antagonist pathway. (25)
• Antibacterial / Leaves: Study evaluated various extracts of Carissa caranda leaves for antibacterial properties against selected pathogenic microorganisms such as P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, and E. coli. Methanolic, EA, and ethanolic extracts showed an average inhibitory zone diameter of 23.5, 22.0, and 21.5 mm, respectively. The methanolic extracts showed best result with inhibition greater than antibiotic tetracycline (17.0 mm). (26)
• Anti-Inflammatory / Dried Fruits: Study evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects of dried fruit methanol extract on carrageenan-induced hind paw edema in rats. ME given orally exhibited significant activity (p≤0.05) when compared to control. (see constituents above) (27)
• Antioxidant / Cytotoxicity / Leaves: Study evaluated the phytochemical compounds, antioxidant and cytotoxic potentials of ethanolic and n-hexane extracts of leaves of C. carandas. Results showed significant antioxidant capacities compared to ascorbic acid in DPPH free radical scavenging with IC50 of 1.292 µg/ml and 1.8224 g/ml with ethanolic and n-hexane extracts, respectively. Cytotoxic activities were comparable to vincristine sulfate with IC50 of 2.818 and 1.995 ethanolic and n-hexane, respectively. (see constituents above) (28)
• Anthelmintic / Fruit: Study evaluated the in-vitro anthelmintic activity of various extracts of unripe fruits of C. carandas using Indian earthworm Pheretima posthuma. Results showed anthelmintic activity in measures of time of paralyisis and time of death of worm. (30)
• Effect of Fruit Ripening on Phytonutrients and Antioxidant Properties: Study evaluated the effect on fruit ripening on phytonutrients, viz., soluble proteins, total soluble sugars, antioxidants (phenols, ascorbic acid, lycopene) and antioxidant activity (DPPH, FRAP, and NO scavenging activity) in fruits of Cordia myxa and Carissa carandas at five ripening stages. Results showed decrease in soluble proteins, total phenol contents, DPPH radical scavenging and NO scavenging activities, while total soluble sugars, ascorbic acid content and ferric reducing activity increased with maturity of the fruit. There was significant increase in antioxidant lycopene in the fully ripened red Carissa fruit. (31)
• Acute, Subacute, and Subchronic Toxicological Studies / Leaves: Study evaluated the toxicological effects of various extracts of C. carandas leaves in rats. The extracts were found very safe in acute treatment even at high dose of 5000 mg/kg. Histopathological studies after subchronic toxicity doses of 1750 mg/kg/po and 5000 mg/kg/pi showed no toxic organ effects on the liver, heart, kidney and spleen. Chronic toxicity study in dose of 5000 mg/kg/po showed some histological changes. (32)
• Anti-Inflammatory / Leaves: Study evaluated two defatted successive solvent extracts of C. carandas leaves for acute anti-inflammatory potential by carrageenan induced hind paw edema assay in Wistar albino rats. Results showed significant anti-inflammatory activity, with the ME showing a bit more activity than the EA extract. (33)
• Anti-Ulcer / Roots: Study evaluated various extracts of roots in various models of gastric ulcer, viz, acetic acid induced chronic gastric ulcer, pylorus ligation and ethanol induced acute gastric ulcer, in albino rats. All extracts showed significant antiulcer activity in the chronic and acute gastric ulcer model; the alcoholic extract showed comparably more potency. (35)
• Antibacterial / Roots: Study evaluated crude extracts from different parts (roots, stems, leaves) of C. carandas for antibacterial activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Bacilus subtilis and A. tumifaciens were the most susceptible organisms. Leaf and stem crude extracts showed best activity against Bacillus subtilis. All the tested crude extracts showed potent antibacterial activity. (36)
• Hepatoprotective / Leaves: Study evaluated the hepatoprotective activity of methanol extract of leaves of Carissa carandas against carbon tetrachloride induced hepatotoxicity in albino rats. Results showed significant hepatoprotective activity. The liver section of extract-treated animals clearly showed normal hepatic cells and compared with the Silymarin-treated group of animals. (37)