White star apple

Africa Star Apple is also known as the white star apple. In Nigeria, its name can be referred to as agbalumo in the South West, Udala or Udara in the South East and ciwoh in the North.

This vitamin C-enriched fruit is always in season, between December and April and sometimes, some part of May in Nigeria.

This colourful fruit has semi-circle seeds, and when ripe its colour can tilt towards orange or yellowish–peach.

This 5-celled seedy fruit which has an edible and pulpy, sweet body is a popular seasonal fruit normally consumed with its flesh.

Botanically called Chrysophyllum albidum, the fruit is mostly cultivated in rural areas and today fruit juices are now extracted from the bulk of the fruit to make a full vitamin C healthy drink.

Health Benefits and Nutritional Value

  • Eating the fruit would help to lower blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Eating this fruit could be useful in preventing and treating heart diseases
  • The leaves are good for the treatment of wounds, stomach aches, and diarrhea
  • Udala is a natural remedy for toothache, constipation and sore throat amongst others.
  • The seeds can be used to treat vaginal and skin infections
  • The pulpy fruit contains more vitamin C than oranges and guava.\
  • Agbalumo is rich in calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, tannins, flavonoids, terpenoids, and phytochemicals.
  • When eaten with the skin and flesh, it can help to lower blood sugar and cholesterol in the body, as well as prevent and treat heart diseases.
  • Ciwh is packed full of anti-oxidant properties that help fight cancer and treat diabetes amongst others.

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