Agbalumo: Facts, health benefits and everything else you need to know
Agbalumo is one of the very many fruits we ate as kids. Yoruba people are the ones who call it Agbalumo. In Igbo, it is referred to as Udara. The English name for Agbalumo is African Star Apple. Its botanical or scientific name is Chrysophyllum africanum or Chrysophyllum albidum
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As nostalgic as this bitter sweet fruit is, it is still a staple today if you have to get your mouth tasting something. I usually eat agbalumo whenever I feel like throwing up because of this strong, concentrated taste it leaves in my mouth afterwards.
If you are a good agbalumo picker, you will always pick the ripe ones. There are hints to picking ripe agbalumo tho’. The ripe ones are usually soft and reddish on the top. You see those agbalumos that are green on the top? Run away from it!
Agbalumo seed was in those days commonly used to make earrings while we were young. We would break the black outer covering and then break the inner seed into two. We place each of the sides of the agbalumo on our ears. This seed also has a lot of health benefits as it is used to treat some skin diseases.
There is a very popular thing around agbalumo tree. I really don’t know if it is just a folklore or myth. It is believed that the fruits are not supposed to be plucked directly from the tree as evil things might burst forth. This is not only in the Yoruba land, it is also held in Igbo land.
It is also believed that the agbalumo tree is owned by the community and that the fruits are supposed to be picked only when they have dropped.
Agbalumo and pregnancy
Pregnant women have testified to how much agabalumo has helped them. This is because this fruit is a lot of fiber. It also helps to prevent preganant women from vomiting. Because of the general health benefits of the star apple fruit pregnant women can immensely benefit from it. It is however advised that pregnant women have to eat this fruit moderately because if consumed too much, it may have other harmful effects.
How to plant agbalumo
You plant agbalumo just the same way you plant normal fruit trees. What you do is lick up the fruit (obviously) and bury the seeds from therein. If the soil is good and there is enough water, it should grow well.
Health benefits of Agbalumo
Agbalumo as you may have been able to predict has a lot of health benefits. In fact, it is so rare for you to see anything stemming from nature not to have at all. Below are some of the health benefits of agbalumo:
1. It has an abundance of Vitamin C, this is also known as ascorbic acid. Not surprisingly is the fact that it contains more Vitamin C than orange. It so reflects in that cheeky feeling you have after the first bite at it. Vitamin C is an important Vitamin as it helps to prevent scurvy most commonly.
2. It is known to lower blood sugar level. This in turn helps against excessive sugar prone diseases. It is also known to lower cholesterol in the body.
3. This fruit is a natural anti-oxidant and anti-oxidants help to remove free radicals from oxidative stress disorders. It is rich in tannins, flavonoids, terpenoids, calcium, iron potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and phytochemicals. Antioxidants are also found in a lot of other fruits that we find in Nigeria, especially citrus fruits.
4. With the fiber content of agbalumo, it can help to assist weight loss. Taking a healthy dose of agbalumo may make you feel fuller.
5. Agbalumo helps to fight indigestion. This is due to the fiber content.
6. The seed in some parts of the country is used to treat some types of skin infections. It is normally ground and mixed into concotions.
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Do you like agbalumo? What else do you know about this awesome fruit?
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