African Cherry And Its Benefits To Human And The Environment
By Ngozi Eyeh
The arrival of the African cherry season becomes a moment of anticipation and brings so much joy to the hearts of the people.
The exotic fruit which had a chewable and edible skin that has either green or orange color depending on the stage of ripeness.
The tender, sweet inner flesh is off white with a chocolate colour seed making the inner looks like a star-shaped fruit.
They is why some people called it star apple. This beautiful fruit can be gotten mostly everywhere in around our neighbourhoods in Nigeria toward the end of November till later in the month of March when it would have gone out of season.
The tree produces a sweet and tangy fruit rich in vitamins, particularly vitamin C, and antioxidants, contributing to a nutritious diet.
Some traditional medicine practices use parts of the African cherry tree for various purposes, including treating ailments like malaria and digestive issues.
However, scientific evidence supporting these claims is limited.
As a native tree species, African cherry trees contribute to biodiversity, providing habitats for various organisms. They also play a role in soil enrichment and carbon sequestration.
The fruit and other parts of the tree may have economic value, contributing to local economies through trade and traditional uses.
African cherry, also known as Agbalumo or Udara, is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. It’s believed to have various health benefits, including boosting the immune system, improving digestion, and providing essential nutrients.
However, scientific research on its specific benefits is limited, so it’s essential to consume it as part of a balanced diet for overall health.
African cherry trees contribute to environmental benefits by playing a role in ecosystem health. These trees help in maintaining biodiversity by providing habitats for various species.
Additionally, they contribute to carbon sequestration, helping mitigate the effects of climate change.
The leaves and organic matter from the trees also enrich the soil, promoting its fertility. Overall, the presence of African cherry trees supports a healthier and more balanced environment.