Monday, 16 February 2015

Agbalumo/ Udara (African Star Apple) - Food profile

It's the season of the African star Apple commonly known as agbalumo "Yoruba", Udala/Udara "Igbo" or cherry in Nigeria. On my recent visit to the local market, i noticed a crowd selecting fresh udara fruits from baskets and i couldn't help but join in the fenzy. To me, a large crowd simply meant the fruits were ripe and sweet. The vendors also don't waste time in trying to lure you into buying as they usually give out free fruit samples to prospective buyers once you come around. Back in the day, i remember using the seeds for local games like Ayo or suwe. My friends and i also used to chew the flesh and skin so hard, it turned to gum...sweet memories of the good old days :( 
Botanically, it's called chrysophyllum albidum. The fruit is mostly cultivated in the rural areas and is very common during the months of December to April. It has a bright orange/brown color with edible skin & dark brown seeds covered with creamy pulp which is usually eaten up. The unripe udara is sour while the ripe fruit is usually very sweet. The sweet fruits are not usually harvested from the trees, but left to drop naturally to the ground where they are picked. The fruit is mostly found in African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’ Ivoire, Uganda,Cameroon and Niger Republic.


Health Benefits:::
- The african star apple is said to contain more vitamins A & C than orange and guava, the fruit is also rich in calcium with each serving providing up to 10 per cent of the recommended daily allowance , iron potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, tannin, flavonoids, terpenoids, and phytochemicals.

- According to research, the African star apple is said to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and could be useful in preventing and treating heart diseases.

- In traditional medicine, the roots, barks and leaves of chrysophyllum albidum have been employed in the treatment of diseases. The bark is used for the treatment of yellow fever and malaria, while the leaf is used as an emollient and for the treatment of skin eruption, stomach ache and diarrhoea.

-The fruit is known to have anti-oxidant properties that help fight against cancer 


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10 comments:

  1. Dobbys thanks for this lecture, Udara is one fruit, I just can't have enough of it.

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  2. glora nwoko11:06 am

    tot one can make juice out of udara. cant wait for mango season. pls teach us mango juice wn mango comes out. pls dobby.

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  3. And the pics make me wanna eat agbalumo.. Buh I resist the tepmtation


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  4. Thanks for sharing Dobby! I'm sure that I finished a basket full of agbalumo this season...

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  5. Fumnanya3:33 pm

    Thanks dobby for the info, I love agbalumo so much even if it is not sweet I will still eat it , my mum used to eat it when she was pregnant for me I guess that is why I love it so much

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  6. I was just talking to my mom about this fruit yesterday! I've never tasted it but my mom loves it! wish they sold it in Ireland

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  7. Now I'm salivating.
    Dob-star pls can I send you my address so you can dhl to me, as you've tempted me now?
    Thanks in advance!

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  8. Anonymous5:31 pm

    Nice one,finally got a name for agbalumo!

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