Chrysophyllum albidum (commonly known as white star apple) is a forest fruit tree described by the Scottish botanist George Don. It is mostly found throughout tropical Africa.
Amongst the Yoruba of Nigeria, it is called Agbalumo while called Udala in the eastern and southern parts of Nigeria.It is closely related to the African star apple (Chrysophyllum africanum) which is also common throughout West Africa. Some schools of thought feel that they may just be a variety of the same species. Also in the family is the purple star apple (Chrysophyllum cainito).
The star apple is not commonly available in grocery stores, although special stores may carry it.
Species: C. albidum
Binomial name: Chrysophyllum albidum
• Vitamins and Minerals
It serve as a good source of calcium,
with each serving providing you with 10 percent of
the amount you require each day.
The calcium lends strength to your bones and teeth, and it may
also lessen symptoms of premenstrual syndrome,
such as cramping and abdominal bloating.
This fruit also contains 5 percent of the daily recommended value per serving of Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
Additionally, one serving of star apples
serves up 2 percent of the iron, a mineral vital for oxygenating your body, that you need every day.
• Star apples may have particular benefits for diabetics. Research published in the September 2009 edition of the “African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology” indicates that the leaves of this fruit may reduce glucose levels in diabetic rabbits,
the same function that insulin serves.
N.B; However, that consuming star apple leaves appears to have a toxic affect when eaten in large quantities. More research is needed to determine the effectiveness of star apple leaves to control diabetes in humans.
• Folklore Uses
The star apple is a folk remedy in several
countries, although no research exists to confirm these uses. The seeds of this fruit maybe useful to reduce fevers and treat diarrhea. Some people also eat this fruit to reduce the inflammation associated with laryngitis and pneumonia.
• Other Uses,
including treatment for hypertension, tooth abscesses, heart problems, intestinal issues and cancer exist,
*But do not eat star apple for any
medical condition without first consulting your physician.*
• Source of Fiber
Eating a serving of star apple contributes 3g of fiber to the recommended daily intake of 25 to 38g. Fiber provides bulk to your diet, a factor that can make your stomach feel fuller for longer. This can keep you from eating too much, and it may help you lose weight. This nutrient can also help protect you from diabetes and some forms of cancer.
• Basic Nutrition
1-cup serving of fresh star apple contains 67 calories. Eating star apple as a snack is a good choice as the calories are low and it provides no fat.
It boasts a myriad of health benefits and is thus used as a natural medicine for a number of health issues, ranging from fighting indigestion to acting as a natural anti-toxidant. It acts as a good source of vitamin C which strongly helps in strengthening the human immune system.