Otherwise known as Star apple, Luk num nom( baby milk), Caymito, Buis, golden leaves to name but a few.
High in carbs, this fruit must not be picked until it is ripe it must stay on the tree if picked when it is immature it is astringent and contains a sticky white latex.
The skin cannot be eaten and if you do bite into it, it leaves a horrible stickiness in the mouth.
By now you are probably thinking do I want to eat this?
Yes, of course, you do this non-climatic fruit is sweet and can be eaten raw or made into preserves, chutneys, curries, cocktails I have found so many recipes to try and most contain two of my favourite ingredients chillies and alcohol so it must be good.
This recipe for Spicy Star Apple Chutney is just delicious.
You will need:
6lbs Star Apples, the flesh of fruit only. See it looks like a star when it is cut in half and seeds removed.
5lbs Eating apples or apples of your choice peeled and chopped.
1 cup of seedless raisins
5 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup of salt
3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1oz ground allspice
1 tsp Allspice seeds
1 0z ground cloves
1/2 oz ground peppercorns
Big pinch of nutmeg
Big pinch of cinnamon
1/2 oz of scotch bonnet chilli finely chopped (use plastic gloves)
6 cups of white vinegar
1 tbsp of sherry
A glug of rum
A glug of angostura bitters.
Put all the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed pot and bring to a rolling boil turn down to a rolling simmer and cook for 5 hours or until mixture has thickened stirring occasionally.
Pour into warm sterilised jars, seal and cool.
Benefits of the Star apple or Luk nang.
The ripe fruit of the star apple is also known to soothe inflammation of laryngitis and pneumonia.
It is also used to treat diabetes, angina, haemorrhage and fevers. The leaves are used to treat wounds and the bark when made into powder treats diarrhoea, dysentery and haemorrhages it is also claimed to treat gonorrhoea.
The branches are also used as a medium to grow orchids while the pulp of the tree is made into high-quality paper.
The wood of the tree is also used for general indoor construction and as a fuel.
Lastly, an emulsion is made from the slightly bitter seed kernels and is used in confectionary making i.e nougat.
Once again I am amazed just how important nature as in plants, fruit and trees are to our well-being and how important they are to our daily wants and needs.
I hope you enjoyed reading about this seemingly ordinary purple innocuous piece of fruit and its benefits.
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