Abiu fruit! Did you hear the name of this fruit? May be not, may be yes! We didn’t hear about this fruit until we actually came across this name while surfing the internet. So we thought, “hey, why not write about Abiu fruit facts?” So here we are, penning (keying) down 20 facts about Abiu fruit. In case you already know about this fruit and its facts, feel free to skip. Alternately, go through the list just to refresh your memory. Let’s begin…
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1. Abiu fruit originated in South America’s Amazon region. Its binomial name is Pouteria caimito.
2. The shape of the fruit can vary. It can be completely round. Alternately, it can be oval with a pointed ending.
3. The tree on which this fruit grows usually has a height of 33 feet. However, under proper conditions, the tree can actually grow as tall as 116 feet.
4. When the fruit becomes ripe, the skin becomes bright yellow. This skin is not edible and can be hard to chew on. With a thickness of 3 mm to 5 mm, the skin, when chewed, produce a very sticky latex.
5. However, the fruit that is hidden inside the skin (that is the pulp) is the actual thing. It is white and translucent in color. The texture of the pulp is like that of a jelly.
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6. In case you are wondering how the fruit tastes, honestly, we don’t have slightest of hint because we never ate one. However, documented information states that its taste is very similar to that of a sweet caramel custard known as sapodilla. We don’t have any idea about the taste of sapodilla either.
7. The fruit can have up to 4 ovate seeds however, the minimum number of seeds that you find in the fruit is just one (1).
8. Honestly, this fruit is a wild fruit. Have you heard of Andes mountains? The eastern side of Andes’ lower regions is where you will notice this fruit hanging out in the wide. This fruit usually grows from Venezuela to Peru.
9. Areas that have warm climate and have a moist climate throughout the year, the Abiu fruit grows in abundance. Basically, Abiu’s habitat is restricted to all tropical areas. Some of the commonest places where you find the fruit are:
- Peru’s Iquitos and Tingo Maria.
- Ecuador’s Guayas.
- Pará in Northern Brazil.
- Venezuela’s Amazonas.
- Colombia’s Vaupes, Meta and Caquetá.
- Areas near Bahia and Rio de Janerio (Abiu grows sparsely in these areas because they fall under Atlantic rainforest areas).
10. It is better to know the different names of the fruit. There are different regional names that are used to identify this fruit in different places. Some of the commonly used regional names are:
- Caimitt or Yellow Star Apple in Trinidad.
- Madura Verde, Caimito Amarillo or Caimo in Colombia.
- Cauje or Luma in Ecuador.
- Tamare in Venezuela.
- Abieiro in Portugal.
- Alasa in Ghana.