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Naseberry Fruit

Naseberry is native to Central and South America. One of the most interesting and desirable of all tropical Jamaican naseberry fruit Jamaican naseberry trees, the Jamaican naseberry, a member of the family Sapotaceae, is now known botanically as Manilkara zapota.

 

Jamaican naseberry flowers are small and bell-like, with 3 brown-hairy outer sepals and 3 inner sepals enclosing the pale-green corolla and 6 stamens.

 

They are borne on slender stalks at the Jamaican naseberry leaf bases.

 

The Jamaican naseberry fruit may be nearly round, oblate, oval, ellipsoidal, or conical; varies from 2 to 4 in (5-10 cm) in width.

 

When immature the Jamaican naseberry is hard, gummy and very astringent. Though smooth-skinned the Jamaican naseberry is coated with sandy brown scurf until fully ripe.

 

The Jamaican naseberry was introduced long ago throughout tropical America and the West Indies, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Florida Keys and the southern part of the Florida mainland.

 

Its calorie-rich soft, easily digestible pulp composes of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly.

 

The fruit is rich in antioxidant poly-phenolic compound tannin.

 

Tannins are a complex family of naturally-occurring polyphenols that neutralize acids by precipitating proteins.

 

Research studies found that tannins have shown to have potential anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic effects.

 

Naseberry leaves have their place in the herbal monarchy and should never be taken lightly.

 

These herbs are delightful, pleasant and a natural change from the artificial beverages that have limited medicinal benefits and at times no benefit at all.

 

Having a high dose of carbohydrates and essential nutrients, naseberry is extremely beneficial for pregnant and lactating mothers.

 

It helps in reducing weakness and other symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea and dizziness.

 

Being a potent sedative, naseberry fruit helps to calm the nerves and alleviate stress.

 

Thus, it is advisable for individuals suffering from insomnia, anxiety and depression.

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