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Abiu Fruit Health Benefits

Abiu scientifically known as Pouteria caimito is a tropical fruit tree originated in the Amazonian region of South America, a member of the Sapotaceae family. Its fruits shape varies from round to oval with a point. When ripe, it has smooth bright yellow skin and will have one to four ovate seeds. The inside of the fruit is translucent and white.


It has a creamy and jelly-like texture and its taste is similar to the sapodilla, sweet caramel custard. The abiu grows best in areas that have a year-round moist and a warm climate.


It can now be found throughout most of the Amazon. It is a common dooryard tree in the backyards and streets in the city of many Brazilian towns, but it is not usually grown commercially.


It is commonly eaten out of hand and, although in Colombia those eating the fruit this way are advised to grease their lips to keep the gummy latex from sticking, this hazard can be avoided by selecting fully ripe fruits and scooping out the flesh with a utensil.


The tartness of a bit of added lime juice may enhance the flavour, especially when chilled. In Latin America, people make ice cream, as well as other delectable dessert treats like fruit tarts and cakes, with abiu.


But eating it fresh is the most preferred way. Some vacation resorts in Hawaii serve abiu to their guests at the breakfast buffet, along with other usual tropical fruits like papaya and pineapple.


The fruits are in season in March and April in Ecuador. They are sold in some Brazilian markets from September to April but only a few are seen in the much shorter season of February and March at Bahia.


Fruits have matured in October in Florida. The abiu can be picked while under ripe and firm for transport to markets.


This fruit has a few health benefits, in Brazil, the pulp, because of its mucilaginous nature, is eaten to relieve coughs, bronchitis and other pulmonary complaints.


The latex is given as a vermifuge and purge and is applied on abscesses. Abiu fruit is really a significant source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, as well as vitamin C.

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