Lyon a horticulturalist with the philippine bureau of plant industry in 1905. A native to the west indies and central america the first seedstrees were apparently introduced by ws.
It was named for its star shaped flower and cross section cut.
Star apple fruit philippines. According to some it somehow tastes like apples but it has a unique flavor making it a must try. The entire fruit can be eaten and its flesh is crunchy and juicy. The rind of this fruit is usually a dark purple color and the pulp ranges from a light purplish color to white.
Caimito star apple chrysophyllum cainito. Its distinctive ridges resemble a star thus the name. Star fruit photo grabbed from kalusuganph star fruit is most commonly known in the philippines as balimbing.
It is round baseball sized fruit which is best eaten fresh. Star apple is also known as chrysophyllum cainito came from the family of sapotaceae which usually grows in tropical climate countries including the philippines. The alternate nearly evergreen leaves are elliptic or oblong elliptic 2 to 6 in 5 15 cm long slightly leathery.
Happy 100th anniversary caimito. Also known as caimito star apple is an exotic fruit with a rough indelible skin that ranges in color from green to purple depending on the stage of ripeness. Achras caimito ruiz pavon.
This fruit has numerous names including milk fruit cainito star apple caimito aguay abiaba golden leaf tree and other names. Common tropical fruits in the philippines. Kaimito or star apple is a very sweet and delicious tropical fruit.
Purple star apples have a thick skin attached to a rind. Filipinos usually translate its name into english as star apple. This fruit was introduced to the philippines during the spanish colonial period.
It is grown in the entire philippines. Its other names in english are cainito caimito abiaba pomme du lait estrella milk fruit and aguay. Star apple is a plant in the chrysophyllum genus with a scientific name of chrysophyllum cainito.
The star apple tree is erect 25 to 100 ft 8 30 m tall with a short trunk to 3 ft 1 m thick and a dense broad crown brown hairy branchlets and white gummy latex. Philippine herbal medicine an illustrated compilation of philippine medicinal plants by dr godofredo stuart with botanical information chemical properties folkloric uses and medicinal studies. The dark purple fruit is 6 125mm thick and have soft white milky sweet pulp.
This is also often added to salads and drinks. Fruit tree that is also used as an ornamentalthe leaves has shiny green color above and attractive kaki brown below almost golden when viewed from far distance the fruit has soft pulp surrounding flattened seeds with colors shiny green or shiny purple depending on variety. The caimito fruit has a star like design when it is sliced hence its common name star apple.