When it comes to the African Star Apple, popularly referred to as Agbalumo in Nigeria, there is and there has always been an unending craze. The luscious fruit has its season, commonly between November and February most years; it is an additional joy for the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Agbalumo is a traditional fruit. In ancient times it was used to manage diabetes, treat malaria, yellow fever, stomach ache, and diarrhea! The root and seed extracts were used to stop bleeding from fresh wounds, prevent contamination, and hasten the healing process. Agbalumo in modern times have been used to make syrups, jams, wines, soft drinks, and jellies.
Beyond the sweetness, Agbalumo is a fruit rich in antioxidant properties, a potentially rich source of functional foods, decent amount of vitamin C, and beneficial in lowering blood pressure and for diabetes. The fruit has low starch, but high sugar content. It is also a natural source of antioxidant booster to remove free radicals from oxidative stress disorders. Due to its high fiber content, it could also be an excellent choice for weight watchers. The iron content of Agbalumo helps prevent anemia and aids in building red blood cells. Its antioxidant properties help the body in repairing damage sustained through exposure to the sun and environmental pollutants.