It's a thing, trust me. The Caimito, as we know it, also known as Star Apple, Caimito, Purple Star Apple, Abiaba, Pomme de Lait, Milk Fruit, and many more. What's going on with all these fruits with multiple names? The Caimito is a relative of the Mamey, Sapote.
The caimito, AKA the star apple, is a delicious tropical fruit native to Central and South America. It's named for the star-like shape of its cross-section magically revealed when the fruit is cut in half. The fruit's skin ranges from green to purple, and the flesh is soft and creamy, with a sweet and slightly tangy flavor.
Caimito trees are medium-sized and can grow up to 50 feet tall. They are prized for their beautiful, glossy leaves and fragrant flowers, which bloom in clusters and have a delicate, jasmine-like scent. The fruit is round or oval and typically measures around 4-6 inches in diameter.
The caimito is a highly nutritious fruit, rich in vitamins and minerals. It is a good source of vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system and protect against illness. It also contains a range of B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin, essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and eyes.
In addition to its nutritional benefits, the caimito has medicinal properties. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to treat various conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. It is also thought to have diuretic properties, making it useful for people with kidney problems or high blood pressure.
The caimito is a versatile fruit that can be eaten fresh or used in many dishes. It can be sliced as a refreshing snack or used to make jams, jellies, and preserves. It is also a popular ingredient in smoothies and juices and can make a refreshing sorbet.
The caimito is famous for ornamental landscaping in many parts of the world. The trees are prized for their attractive foliage and fragrant flowers and make a beautiful addition to any garden. They are also drought-tolerant and relatively low maintenance, making them a good choice for those with busy lifestyles.
The caimito is a delicious and highly nutritious fruit worth trying. Whether you enjoy it fresh or use it in cooking and baking, this tropical treat will surely delight your taste buds and provide various health benefits.
How to eat Caimito
When you cut the skin, you can see the star pattern that gave it its name. The Caimito tastes like sweet caramel custard, that's why it's very commonly used as a dessert, just chill and eat with a spoon.
Important note: Don't take a big bite out of your caimito since you only should eat the interior fruit flesh. That pulp around the seeds is where it's at. Needless to say, don't eat the seeds either.
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***Sorry folks this current variety is grown in Florida and cannot ship to California.***