About The African Star Apple
There is a fruit I enjoyed so much as a kid and young adult, it is the African star apple also known as ‘the white star apple’. Locally it is called Alasa (Ghanaian) Agbalumo or Udarah (Nigerian). Botanically it is called Chrysophyllum Albidum. It grows across the African tropics and is only available between the months of December and April.
The African star apple has an orange colour and is shaped like an apple or a cherry. It is called the star apple because it has an average of 5 flattish seeds arranged in the shape of a star on the inside of it. These seeds when cleaned are brown and shining. There is a white and sweet latex that oozes out when the fruit is cut open. The Star Apple has a sweet taste combined with a sour taste. Research has shown that this apple is amazingly packed with so much nutritional content and can be an alternative medicine in maintaining a healthy body and treating a number of diseases.
NUTRITION FACTS IN APPLE
- Rich in Calcium
- Rich in fibre
- Contains Vitamin C
- Contains Vitamin A
- Contains anti-oxidant properties
- Low in calories, 1 cup of white star apples have 67 calories
- No fat
- Has some iron
- Contains 15g of carbohydrate at a serving
HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLE
- Lowers blood sugar count
- Lowers cholesterol
- A natural anti-Oxidant booster
- A good treat for diabetics. The leaves extracts of the Star apple plant contain Hypoglycaemic which is a good treat for diabetics
- Prevents and treats heart disease
- Treats drug resistant bacteria
- Good in a loose weight plan. The fibre in this apple makes you feel full, preventing you from over eating aiding weight loss.
- A treat for constipation
- Protects from cancer
- Protects the liver and kidney – the leave extract of the star apple plant protects the liver. Having star apple seed meal would protect both the liver and the kidney.
- Strengthens bones and teeth – the calcium in this fruit is source of strength for bones and teeth.
- Fights cold and flu – this fruit has 100 percent more vitamin C than the orange
- Heals wounds. Extracts from the seeds and roots of this fruit are used to stop bleeding, prevent infection and enhance healing in wounds.
- Could be a male contraceptive – the root bark extract could reduce spam count
USES OF THE AFRICAN STAR APPLE
- Add to a smoothie
- Add it to a salad
- A snack
- A chewing gum – If you chew on the fleshy part of this apple long enough its consistency turns into that of chewing gum
- Medicinal – its seeds may be used to cure fevers and on diarrhea conditions
- Animal feed – instead of throwing away the damaged fruits, they were used to feed pigs.
- A game – (the seeds are cleaned and used in playing games just as children will play with marbles)
- Wood protection – the star apple contains anacadic acid which industrially is used to protect wood.
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