The African Star Apple is a West African fruit that grows abundantly in Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo, and Ghana. It occurs seasonally in West Africa between December and April, and is known by a variety of names, including Agbalumo, Udara, and Udala.
African Star Apple is high in vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system, combat maternal health issues, avoid mouth infections, and treat sore throats. According to experts, each 100g of Agbalumo contains 25mg of Vitamin C. (Source).
Natural antioxidants in this delicious fruit protect the body from free radicals, which cause diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
The acidic flavour of the African Star Apple makes it a healthy fruit for pregnant women, as it prevents the desire to vomit.
Agbalumo is also a weight-loss aid; studies show that one Agbalumo has 67 calories, which is a low calorie count as compared to other fruits.
Agbalumo is high in calcium, which aids in the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. The seeds of this fruit help to stop bleeding and facilitate wound healing.
Interestingly, you could make a smoothie out of Agbalumo goodness blend with pineapple, under 10 minutes.
2 medium-sized Agbalumo
300g ripe pineapple(chopped)
240ml of yoghurt
🍀 Wash all the fruits (Agbalumo & Pineapple)
🍀 Separate the Agbalumo flesh from the skin in a bowl, you may lick the fleshy part of the seeds, and discard it.
🍀 Pour in 120ml of yoghurt into the blender.
🍀 Then, cut the fleshy Agbalumo into little chunks, add into the blender and blend into a smooth puree.
🍀 Pour into a cup and add a teaspoon of honey.
🍀 Add ice cubes and serve as desired.
❌ Do not keep the smoothie for more than 24hours in a refrigerator because of free sugars present in the blend of fruits.
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