The star apple is a tropical evergreen tree or fruit of the Sapotaceae family. It is native to the Caribbean and Central America but is grown in tropical countries across the world.
It is also called Caimito, Milk Fruit, Satin Leaf, Star Plum and West Indian Star Apple.
The fruit usually comes in two forms – either green-skinned with clear white pulps or purple-skinned with red-purple flesh. The inside takes the shape of a star.
The flesh of the fruit is very succulent and goes well in salads and dishes.
It doesn’t just taste good. The star apple is also a good source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Its pulp provides an adequate dose of vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous, and has been used to treat sore throats and reduce the inflammation associated with pneumonia and laryngitis.
It is rich in phytochemicals or antioxidants, which are known to help to prevent certain cancers and support a healthy immune system.
The seeds can be used as a tonic and diuretic and has also been known to treat diarrhea.
Eat them when you can as they are ‘stars’ among fruits