The African Star Apple

Agbalumo, the African star apple is in season again. Many people call it the Agbalumo (Yoruba language name for the fruit) or Udara (by the Ibos). In Ghana, it is known as Alasa.


While many people have a love-hate relationship with this delicious-yet-sometimes-sour fruit, we think you really must have a fair portion before it goes out of season again. Now before you determine if you hate or love it, here are a few reasons why we think you should indulge in them.

  1. Vitamin C-The African Star apple is known for its protection against Immune system deficiencies and is said to have a higher portion of Vit. C than oranges.  The Vitamin C in it also helps maintain the healthiness of your gum and helps prevent gum disease.
  2. Low calorie content- this fruit is bursting with fibre, low in calories and works wonders for digestion. This also indicates that it is great for weight loss! Where are my “Team-FitFam”? Come load up on this awesome fruit right away.agbalomos
  3. Relieves constipation- The high fibre, good digestion combination also cleans out your system easily. This is great especially for pregnant women. Speaking of pregnancy, the acidic taste has prevented many a woman from throwing up on many occasions. Rather than have a stash of crackers, a pregnant woman might decide to have a bag full of this star fruit instead.
  4. A rich antioxidant- The cotyledons in the seeds lowers blood sugar levels and lowers the cholesterol levels.

On the negative side, consumption of too many Agbalumo’s may lead to a nasty heart burn. In all things, moderation is key. So while we battle with the heat and all the season brings with it, we might as well enjoy the sometimes sweet, sometimes sour fruit. Personally, I don’t know why I go beyond the seeds each time! My face goes all grotesque once I start eating the flesh, but I never get enough of it. So, I make faces, swallow the sour tasting flesh and still enjoy it!

agbalumo slice

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