I was super excited when I saw African Star Apple in the market, a few days ago, in trays and wheelbarrows full of yellow goodness.
Although it was quite expensive, mostly because it just recently hit the market, it was indeed a sight for sore eyes.
The African star apple is a fruit found mostly in the southern part of Nigeria. It is also known as udara in Igbo and agbalumo in Yoruba.
This fruit is usually in season between December and April. Its beautiful yellow colour and round shape can set off hunger pangs while its acidic taste immediately gives you “the slap.” However, once you taste the very sweet ones, you can only ask for more.
This wonderful fruit is as nutritious as it is delicious. Listed below are some of the health benefits.
African star apple is surprisingly very rich in vitamin C. 100g of the fruit produces about 25mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C as we know helps to boost the immune system. Our immune system helps us to fight off disease-causing microorganisms. A high immune system equals a healthy life. Vitamin C also helps to maintain the skin and gum. It prevents sprue and gum disease.
African star apple is very low in calories and high in fibre. It contains about 67 calories. For those who intend to burn fat, this fruit comes in handy. Its fibre content helps to detoxify the body and aids digestion.
Remedy for vomiting
Especially in expectant mothers, the acidic taste of the African star apple helps to contain the urge to vomit. Many pregnant women enjoy this fruit both as a remedy to morning sickness and as a wonderful fruit.
Like every other fruit, consumption of the African star fruit produces antioxidants which fight off free radicals. Too much presence of free radicals in the body causes cell damage. Fruits and fluids help to fight off these free radicals.
I remember a time I went searching for this fruit when I had mouth sores. I consumed a number of them and by morning, the mouth sore was gone. The fruit has proven effective in the treatment of sore throat, mouth sores and gum sores. The African star fruit trees have been used for years in the treatment of yellow fever and malaria. Besides, the leaves of this fruit have proved effective in treating wounds, stomach aches and diarrhoea.
The next time you go to the market, search carefully for trays and wheelbarrows full of these succulent yellow wonders and give yourself a healthy treat!