Figure 1: Chrysophyllum albidum tree (A) and fruits (B) [17]. .. Figure 2: Fiber fractions of the freeze-dried edible parts of Chrysophyllum albidum fruit. PDF | Chrysophyllum albidum (Sapotaceae), commonly called white star apple is a very useful medicinal plant common in the tropical and. Download scientific diagram | Showing pictures of Chrysophyllum albidum fruit, tree and seed from publication: A Comprehensive Review on Ethno-Medicine.

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The point still remains that these plants are potential sources of foods, medicines and basic support to both humans, animals and our environments. Even though the use of certain plants as a treatment regimen for certain ailments has been in practice for a long time, yet most people are chrysophllum of the basic things they can benefit from these plants.

Below is a group of medicinal plants that offer several therapeutic and medicinal benefits. Chrysopnyllum, it is quite disheartening that these tree species are receiving less attention despite the countless benefits we stand to gain from them. Chrysophyllum is a group of tropical plants that belong to the Sapotaceae family. Chrysophyllum trees usually grow approximately 10 to 20 meters height with round, pear shaped or sub-spherical shaped fruits that measure up to 3 cm diameter.


The small flowers measure between 3 to 8 mm while the greenish above and golden pubescent underneathoval shaped leaves measure between 3 to 15 cm.

The pulp is usually consumed fresh by pressing it hard and then sucking the pulp. Chrysophyllum fruits are not usually plucked from the chgysophyllum but rather allowed to drop on the ground when ripen before gathering.

Chrysophyllum fruits are seasonal fruits that usually fruit between December to April annually. Some species of Chrysophyllum such as Chrysophyllum cainito is distinguished by its purplish outer skin and slightly purplish-white sweet edible pulp. Chrysophyllum albidum white star applewhich is closely related to the African star apple Chrysophyllum africanum is distinguished by its pale yellow pericarp and light pink-coloured pulp.

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Chrysophyllum albidum is known as udala or udara by Igbo chrysophtllum, agbaluba by Hausa people, eha by Ebira, agbalumo, agwaluma or osan by Yoruba, Utieagadava by Urhobo people and ehya by the Igala people.

The Sierra Leone people also refer to the fruit as bobi wata or breast milk fruit. It also bears edible fruit that can be eaten fresh. The sweet edible pulp normally contains 5 to 6 seeds.

The inedible flattened seeds are quite hard in texture and brown in appearance with whitish colour. Nutritional Values of Chrysophyllum Chrysophyllum fruits are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such as iron, ascorbic acid, anacardic acid, crude protein, folate, carbohydrate, s odium,vitamin B6, zinc, magnesium, calcium, manganese, vitamin K, vitamin B1, vitamin C, crude fibre and potassium.


Researchers reveal that Chrysophyllum extracts contain cardiac glycosides, tannins, phenols, steroids, reducing sugar, phlobatanninsterpenoids, alkaloids, flavonoids and saponins. Regulates the Blood Sugar Level Studies reveal that Chrysophyllum albidum local cherry fruit is essential for regulating the blood sugar level.

Both the barks, leaves and roots of Chrysophyllum albidum can be used for preparing herbal medicines for regulating the blood sugar level. Chrysophyllum Canito leaves can be infused and used for treating diabetes. The seeds cotyledon possess anti-hyperglycemic properties thus can lower high blood sugar level.

Chrysophyllum albidum – Useful Tropical Plants

Antioxidizing Properties Orijajogun et al. Their study shows that this fruit contains saponins, tannins, triterpeniodsalkaloids, volatile oil, steroids, chrtsophyllum and balsam.

As a result, it can serve as a natural wlbidum booster for treating oxidative stress disorders where free radicals are present. Due to the antioxidant properties of Chrysophyllum, it can scavenge for free radicals in the body thereby reducing lipid peroxidation and preventing cancer and heart diseases. We pledge to keep your email safe.