Many variations of his last name are seen and he is sometimes incorrectly called Johan Wessel. There, he eventually took the nominalist side, prompted as much by his mystical anti-ecclesiastical tendencies as by any metaphysical insight; for the nominalists were then the anti- papal party. Gansfort has been called one of the reformers before the Reformation. A desire to know more about humanism sent him to Rome , where in he was the intimate friend of Italian scholars and under the protection of Cardinals Bessarion and Francesco della Rovere general of the Franciscan order and afterwards Pope Sixtus IV. He was welcomed as the most renowned scholar of his time, and it was fabled that he had travelled through all lands, Egypt as well as Greece, gathering everywhere the fruits of all sciences.
It used to be an obscure hard-to-find ingredient, but recently the Internet has exploded with websites selling weight loss products based on an extract of the fruit and it even got some decidedly hucksterish treatment from Dr. Oz, a TV personality made famous by Oprah Winfrey.
The fruit is known in India as gambooge. It is apparently also an ingredient in some weight loss products as hydroxycitric acid.