African Star Apple


Do you know that Agbalumo can ease sore throat?

The Agbalumo fruit is a sweet fruit known among the Yorubas as Agbalumo, Igbos as Udara, Hausas as Ciwoh, scientists as Chrysophyllum africanum and the English people as African Star Apple.

It could be green or Orange/burnt Orange depending on how ripen it is. It’s being referred to as African star Apple because of its unique, coffee or reddish brown coloured seed that makes the off-white inner flesh star shaped. It also has an edible outer skin.

In igbo land, this fruit is divided into two categories; nwannu and nwose. Nwannu is the very sweet agbalumo with red inner flesh and Nwose is the agbalumo with a sweet and sour taste which could almost be unbearable for some sweet fruit lovers😁. However, both categories are loved by different tastebuds😜. For example, some pregnant women would prefer the nwose’s sour taste as it helps overcome the metallic taste in their mouth!

Interestingly, even ice cream🍦😍 is being made out of this lovely fruit with distinct flavor! This fruit can be gotten in every local market in Nigeria towards the end of November till later in March.

Health Benefits

1. Helps you loose weight due to it’s fibrous content. A serving of this fruit contributes 3g of the required daily fiber intake of 25 – 38g

2. Good for diabetic people. It lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, and could be useful in preventing and treating heart diseases.

3. Supplies your body with vitamins/minerals. Agbalumo actually contains more vitamin C than Orange and helps to prevent scurvy

4. Research believes that consuming the fruit can help fight cancer

5. Agbalumo contains Anti-Oxidant booster to remove free radicals from oxidative stress disorders.

6. The different parts of agbalumo are used for different purposes in traditional medicine. For example, the bark of the tree according to researcher is used traditionally to treat yellow fever and malaria, the leaf to treat wounds, stomach ache, and diarrhea while the seed is used to treat skin infections

7. Agbalumo is a natural remedy for toothache, constipation, sore throat, and much more.

Health Risks

Thus far, there are really no health risks associated with Agbalumo but remember as always the saying that, “So much of anything is harmful” So have fun and enjoy while it’s in season!

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