South African women seem to still hold on to the mythical belief that a dry Chinese fruit is the remedy to their vagina predicaments. From its name Punani or “lengangajane”, the punani fruit is popularly known as a fruit for the female genitalia.
The mythical belief on the wonders of the fruit on the female genitalia seems to still hold fast on the free state women. Report reaching us says that the fruit which sells for about R20 per packet, is fast selling in the market with women being the highest percentage of buyers.
Though medical doctors and sexologists say the obsession with the mythical tight vagina may say as much about their understanding of basic anatomy as it does about the times we live in, women in South Africa still swear that the fruit – usually a dried, preserved sour plum – is a must-have sexual aid; a vagina tightener.
In China, the fruit is a traditional snack and is allegedly used by some as an old remedy for motion sickness and nausea. But driven by its popularity and alleged effect, people began to make good business from it. Nearly all street vendors in Bethlehem are making their own from the fruit. In fact, a street vendor claimed to be selling more than 50 packs of the fruit in a day.
According to health24, a street vendor who goes by the name Mannuku Moloi explained how they produce their own punani fruit:
We use peaches, bananas and apples and dry them by the sun to turn them into dry fruits and sprinkle them with our own ‘muti.
You just eat it then drink lots of water it will then do its job by making your vagina tight and it also helps with discharge.”
More to this, Nthabiseng Mofokeng who is a regular buyer of the fruit testified the efficacy of the fruit to her genitalia. “I eat it every night and it helps a lot for me when having sex with my husband,” she said. Claiming that the fruit has had additional benefits in the bedroom, Mofokeng said “In the past, my husband would complain about my vagina being dry and would not enjoy sleeping with me.” “Now, we both enjoy.” She added.
Another avid believer of the mythical fruit also testified that the fruit has been working for her. “Believe in me, it does work,” she said. “My husband was so glued to me and he didn’t want to leave me and we slept (together) the whole day.” She added: “That’s when I was convinced that it does really work,”
However, Dr Solomon Speachot, a gynaecologist in Bethlehem disproved the popular believe about the punani fruit. According to him, no amount of fruit or muti is going to change a woman’s vagina.
Speaking further, Speachot said that the vagina is a lot like an elastic, stretching and contracting but resuming its normal size and shape after sex. Having sex with many sexual partners also doesn’t change the size or shape of your vagina. “No muti can make help with tightening the vagina because it will always go back to its natural form,” he said.
Another medical expert Marelize Swart who is a sexologist and psychologist in Cape Town, said that “punani fruit” is just another money-making gimmick feeding off women’s desires for not only a better sex life but also perhaps to confirm to unrealistic notions about sex propagated by the increased availability of porn.
Well it seems no amount of medical terminologies are fit enough to change south African women’s perception about the punani fruit. To them ‘Punani works and there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop us from using it’.