My friend over at waistloss asked that I describe and if possible get some pictures of lesser known fruits of the Caribbean. I thought that this research might be fun as most Americans have eaten the product of two of these fruits without even thinking about it. Well I thought about it and still love to eat them.
The Sapodilla alone is proof that God has a sense of humor.
Read and Enjoy.
Sapodilla (Mispero or Nispero)
This fruit looks like a wrinkled potato and when really ripe, it feels like a rotten squishy potato. The yellowish-brown flesh is translucent and is reminiscent of a bad day for a baby’s bowl movement and it’s appearance is as appetizing as changing a baby’s diaper. Young fruits contain tannin and are unpalatable.
Amazingly everybody reading this has eaten a product from the fruit of this tree. Indians used to cook up the unripe fruit which is high in natural latex. The natural high sugar level and delicious taste made this perfect for the first all-natural chewing gum. Thus, the principal commercial product from this tree is not the fruit but the milky latex that is the chief source of chicle
Nutritional Information: Ounce for ounce, sapodilla is an outstanding source of soluble dietary fiber and a good source of calcium and phosphorus.
This delicious very sweet fruit is great for a quick energy pick up during a sugar low but is hardly a diet fruit. It is so sinfully delicious when eaten raw, that it’s appearance is not a deterrent for those in the know.
100 gms yields 112 calories.
Slices cut in cross-section are star shaped and make a great garnish on salads and foods. Most West Indians don’t eat Carambolas, they are simply not sweet enough. However I think they have one of the most refreshing balances of sugar and acid of any fruit. I love to eat them when orange color & ripe before the start turning brown. (I cut the brown sections off and eat the rest.) My West Indian Friends turn them into a refreshing juice beverage.
There are abundant medicinal uses from India, Brazil and Cuba. It is used to stop bleeding, as a diuretic, to relieve hangovers, to stop diarrhea and to quench thirst and reduce fever. The sweet local variety has a nice balance of acid (oxalic) and is mildly sweet with about 4% sugar.
I love to eat one or two in the morning as it gives my mouth a refreshing clean taste.
Only 36 calories per 100 grams with negligible fat or protein.
The Chinese apple is one of the symbols of Hera, the queen of the gods
All members of this genus contain the toxin hydrogen cyanide in their seeds and possibly also in their leaves, but not in their fruits. Unfortunately, everybody I know eats the seeds. In small quantities, hydrogen cyanide has been shown to stimulate respiration and improve digestion, and is also claimed to be of benefit in the treatment of cancer. In excess, however, it can cause respiratory failure leading to death.
One Chinese apple delivers 40% of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement. It is also a rich source of folic acid and of antioxidants. Chinese apples are high in polyphenols which are the antioxidant responsible for the free-radical scavenging ability of Chinese apple juice. The juice,containing tannins, has been found effective in reducing several heart risk factors and reduce blood pressure
60 calories for 2.5 inch fruit
God most certainly has a sense of humor.