Chinese Box Orange
Glycosmis citrifolia (Willd)
Lindl., WINE CAKE FRUIT,
ATLANTIA, JIU BING GUO
The box orange, jiu bing guo
(wine cake fruit) is also called shan xiao jue (mountain small orange). It
is a shrub or small tree, the fruit is ball shaped or slightly flattened
ball shape, with a diameter of about 10 mm. It ripens during the summer and
The unripe fruit is green or yellow-green and turns to yellow-red when ripe.
The skin is semi-translucent and contains oil pores. It has a fragrant smell
and a slightly sweet taste. It causes a tingling feeling to the tongue when
The fruit flesh has a fragrant smell and sweet flavor. There is a stone in
the centre. The nature of the fruit is neither hot nor cold.
Its virtue is that it can help regulate the flow of vital energy, induce
sweating, alleviate coughing, activate the blood and help relieve pain. The
fruit contains carbohydrate, vitamins, volatile oil, yellow ketone, flavone
1. COMMON COLD WITH A COUGH AND ABUNDANT PHLEGM. Take 15 grams of either
fresh or dried fruit and 6 grams of ginger. Cover with water and simmer till
cooked. Drink a cup of the warm liquid in the morning and again in the
2. INDIGESTION; PAINFUL SWOLLEN CHEST AND STOMACH; FAECES SEMI-LIQUID. Take
3 grams of fresh fruit, discard the stone and crush the flesh. Mix with
boiled water and drink. Do this every four hours.
3. HERNIA PAIN. Take 6 grams of fresh or dried fruit and crush, including
the stones. Add 3 grams of ginger, add water and steam till cooked. Serve
twice a day.
4. SPRAINS, SWOLLEN AND PAINFUL. Take an appropriate amount of fresh fruit,
discard the stones and mash the fruit. Add sufficient wine to make a paste
and spread on the affected place. Alternatively drink 30 grams of shan-jie
wine, and at the same time rub some on the affected place.
5. CHILBLAINS. Take an appropriate measure of fresh fruit, discard the
stones and mash the fruit. Mix with petroleum jelly into a paste and spread
on the affected parts.
SHAN-JIE WINE. Take 250 grams of half-ripe fruit and soak it in 1,000 grams
of rice wine* for 10 days. It is then
ready to use. (* Japanese sake may be used.