African star apple( chrysophyllum albidum,) is a fruit that contains up to five seeds arranged in a star-like shape. This is the origin of the name of the fruit as “STAR APPLE”. The fleshy fruit is eaten raw by most people and relished by many others. It originates from the tropical part of West Africa. It is popularly known as Agbalumo among the Yorubas, Agwaluma, Chiwo among the Hausas, Udari among the Efiks, Ibibios in southern Nigeria and Alasa among the Akans in Ghana. It is popular across the continent for its sweet-sour taste and gummy skin. It is usually available around December – April. Some local findings has it that, when it is plugged directly from the tree, it is acidic and very sour but when allowed to fall off by itself to the ground, it turns very sweet. How do you like to take yours, sour or sweet? I guess your answer is ‘Sweet’ right? Anyway is fine.
The milky juice that comes out of the African star apple when squeezed or sucked is not only satisfying like the chewable skin but also legendary and provides lots of health benefits too. We at Mak-Migro Farms LTD, have researched and listed some wonderful reasons why you should eat Africa star apple whiles they are in season.
Source of Vitamins
According to research, the fleshy pulp of the African star apple usually eaten as snack, has higher contents of ascorbic acid than oranges and guava. The fruit itself is reported to be an excellent source of vitamins , irons and flavors hence, the fruit adds to the balanced diet of an individual.
Good During Pregnancy
It is not a coincidence that African Star Apple is liked by some pregnant women. The acidic taste of the fruit helps prevent the urge to vomit by pregnant women and also tackle some common complications such as
constipation, sore throat, and indigestion.
The star apple is a folk remedy in several countries, although no research exists to confirm these uses. The seeds of this fruit may be useful to reduce fevers and treat diarrhea. Some people also eat this fruit to reduce the inflammation associated with laryngitis and pneumonia. Other uses, including treatment for hypertension, tooth abscesses, heart problems, intestinal issues and cancer exist, but do not eat star apple for any medical condition without first consulting your physician.
It Helps Reduce Weight
African star apple has low calories. 1 portion of African star apple contains only 67 calories. For those of you who are on a diet plan and want to lose some weight, this is a good snacking fruit we will recommend. The African star apple can also reduce your appetite and prevent you from eating too much and it may help you lose weight because of the high fiber content of the fruit. A serving of fruit contributes 3g of fiber to the recommended daily intake of 25 to 38g.
Prevents Heart Disease
Frequent consumption of this fruit can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol thereby preventing or managing heart disease. It is a very good recommendation for patience with heart problems.
It is a Natural Anti-oxidant
Antioxidants are substances such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism. It can also be said to those substances that help protect our cells against the effects of free radicals.
Free radicals, on the other hand, are produced whenever the body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation.
Nevertheless, African star apple helps the body with a better chance of tackling any possibility of cancer; owing to anti-oxidants properties.
Here is a recipe on how we make a fresh and healthy drink from African Star Apple
African Star Apple Drink Recipe
- 5 African Star Apple fruit
- 10g of fresh Ginger
- 100ml of Coconut juice
- lemon juice
- honey to taste
- Cut the fruit at its circumference and twist it in opposite directions to release the fruit.
- Using a teaspoon scoop the flesh into the bowl of the blender Add the Coconut juice, Ginger, honey and Lemon juice to the blender.
- Blend everything into a silky smooth consistency. Pass the drink through a sieve to ensure its smoothness and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve or serve immediately with ice cubes.
• NOTE: Too much intake of African Star Apple may cause heart burn and stomach chills.
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