Novelty of raw Kokum butter!
Garcinia Indica trees or simply “Kokum” (pronounced: Ko-kam) trees as they are known locally have been growing for eons in the wild, in and around the western coast of Maharashtra & Goa in India. Cottage level low scale ‘silviculture’ based cultivation of Kokum is mainly confined to the hilly areas near this long scenic coast. Supply of Kokum fruits and as a consequence Kokum seeds is limited as nursery practices have not yet been systematically worked.
Kokum plantations, nurseries and farms are a rarity as a result. While limitations on quantities is a disadvantage for big businesses, the silver lining to all of this wild-grown produce is that Kokum trees which grow in the wild have not yet come into contact with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This is one reason why Kokum butter is popular with small and medium sized formulators and exotic butter connoisseurs.