The adventure of rediscovering this mythological but still existing plant, - an endangered, drupe-bearing forest tree with many variations...
The book contains more than 45 related pictures, facsimiles of old texts, scientific data - ethnologicalknowledge of different Asian nations and their mythological inter-connections revolving around this special botanic species with cosmic symbolic importance...
Arura (spoken 'Aroora') - Myrobalan is the Tibetan name for a fruit growing on a wild tree belonging to the Terminalia plant family. This is an extensive botanical group of trees that is specially adapted to the different variations of subtropical Asian mountain climate.
The fruit is a drupe remotely resembling olives, but mostly bigger.
It has a yellowish-green color when ripe. The taste of the fruit is strange and unique. It is said to have all six kind of taste.
At the beginning of the spice trading with India, fruits of this family of trees were traded in Europe under the name Myrobalan. That time they were called "purging plums".
The old scriptures of the Indian naturopathy, the Ayurveda as well as the Tibetan system of natural medicine - mention seven to eight different kind of Arura, which differ in shape, color, size and structure of skin.
In both traditions, this fruit is regarded as something very special. Its mythological origin is the heaven of gods.
The old prehistoric culture of India ardently worshipped this fruit tree and praised it as a powerful rejuvenator and a stimulating and strengthening tonic.
Already the old scriptures of VAGBHATA, the first Buddhist physician who recorded the secret medical teachings of Buddhist Ayurveda, ensuring us that one who consumes "two Myrobalans daily along with either molasses, ginger, honey, sesame or salt lives happily for hundred years."!
CHARAKA (one of the first great Indian Ayurveda scholars) wrote the following about the Haritaki as called by Hindu: "Myrobalan contains all the tastes...This fruit is hot, soothing, has a calming effect, is light, stimulates the digestive fire as well as digestion itself and prolongs life. It invigorates and protects, is the best of all tonics, is good for the intelligence and strengthens the senses."
A scientific investigation carried out in 1990 by Barthakur and Arnold of the University of Quebec underlines what makes this wild forest fruit so important for the health of our present and future civilizations: In contrast to "normal" fruit, myrobalan contains almost all of the highly nutritive essential amino acids!
Its vitamin content has been compared to that of apples with the result that Arura... "contains about 10 to 20 times more vitamins and valuable trace elements!"
The research culminates in the finding, that... "myrobalan is highly nutritive and should be guarded to not disappear due to deforestation...… The dietary importance of the fruit cannot be overestimated !"
Only today it will be very difficult to find such kind of myrobalan forests left in the mountain regions of Asia. In the early industrial times this fruit was used in large amounts by the factories for tanning leather or making coloring agents and writing ink.
After 1920, the progress in chemistry sentenced the fruit to industrial uselessness. This is why this tree lost its economic importance as a living being and, as a result, was sent to the sawmills. Today its stock is reduced to such an extent that it is a problem to find a cohesive unit, hills full of fragrant Arura trees.
The Arura-tree depends very much on the help of a special mammal, the barking deer, to spread its seeds around. But this animal is today more easy to find in gourmet restaurant menu cards than inside Asian forests.
After the destructive lumbering the tree is now depending very much on human intervention to survive in its natural habitat. Ponadan Project is engaged in protecting the last wild original stands of Myrobalan-trees and reforesting these sensitive species in their natural Asian habitats.
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Hardbound book with natural grass rope with real dry myrobalan fruits and an original leaf as a bookmark
1. limited edition, 200 Ex., 2002
160 pages, with many faksimile drawings of original old sources and with a color foto reprint of the eldest German wooden graving of Leonhart Fuchs' rediscovered handwrite... the first correct European image of around 1750 A.D. !
also now available as kindle e-book