Thursday, February 23, 2012

Abiu ( Pouteria caimito )

Fruit Warehouse | Abiu ( Pouteria caimito ) | The leaves of Pouteria caimito range from oblong to elliptic. The flowers on the tree can come either by Themselves or in clusters of two to five flowers. The flowers are small with four to five petals.

Pouteria caimito, the abiu, is a tropical fruit tree originated in the Amazonian region of South America. It will grow an average of 33 feet (10 m) high, and can grow as high as 116 feet (35 m) under good conditions. Its fruit's shape varies from round to oval with a point. The inside of the fruit is translucent and white.

The fruit of the tree is edible and abiu Considered one of the best of the sapotes due to having the sweet caramel-like taste of Sapodilla with a smoother texture. The melting sweet pulp of the abiu is also used to flavor ice cream and cut into yogurt for a light and delicious breakfast. The subtlety of the flavor limits its utility in more complex Confections and salads. Abiu fruit is a significant source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

The dark golden-yellow, overripe fruit develops a mucilaginous nature. In Brazil, people use this characteristic to relieve coughs, bronchitis and other pulmonary afflictions. Other uses are folk medicine as an astringent, anti-anemic, and anti-inflammatory and to relieve fever and diarrhea.

It Prefers wet, slightly acidic soil with high organic content and may Suffer from iron deficiency (chlorosis) in alkaline Soils. Only light pruning is Necessary and feeding should be frequent, but light.

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