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Benefits of Star Apple
51. Leaves of star apple
Star fruit is highly sensitive to cold and should therefore not be planted at locations that are likely to get frost during winter.
52. Whole and cut fruits of star apple
A decoction of the rind, or of the leaves, is taken as a pectoral. A decoction of the tanninrich, astringent bark is drunk as a tonic and stimulant, and is taken to halt diarrhea, dysentery and hemorrhages, and as a treatment for gonorrhea and catarrh of the bladder. The bitter, pulverized seed is taken as a tonic, diuretic and febrifuge. Cuban residents in Miami are known to seek the leaves in order to administer the decoction as a cancer remedy. Many hightannin plant materials are believed by Latin Americans to be carcinostatic. In Brazil, the latex of the tree is applied on abscesses and, when dried and powdered, is given as a potent vermifuge. Else where, it is taken as a diuretic, febrifuge and remedy for dysentery.
53. Medicinal applications
Star apple seeds are used in Venezuela as a diuretic and febrifuge. In Cuba, a decoction of the leaves is used as a cancer remedy, while a decoction of the bark is used as an antitussive (cough suppressant). Other uses of the fruit: as a treatment for diabetes. Calcium (10% of our daily body requirement) needed for strong bones and teeth, and may lessen cramps and abdominal pains associated with premenstrual syndrome. Iron (5% of our daily body requirement) oxygenates the body.
54. Fruits of star apple
Star apple is an evergreen tree growing upto 20 m in height.
The seeds contain 1.2% of the bitter, cyanogenic glycoside, lucumin; 0.0037% pouterin; 6.6% of a fixed oil; 0.19% saponin; 2.4% dextrose and 3.75% ash. The leaves possess an alkaloid, also resin, resinic acid, and a bitter substance. The star apple is an exotic fruit with a tough, inedible skin that ranges in color from green to purple, depending on the stage of ripeness. The tree of this genus is erect, 25 to 100 ft. in length, with a short trunk to 3 ft. in diameter, having a dense, broad crown of brownhairy branchlets.
56. Perfumes and Notes
This exotic fruit with a mild exotic fruity milky taste and smell is a quite rare ingredient in perfumes, but with the growing interest of perfumers in fruits we can expect to see it more often in perfume compositions. Usually its used in the top and middles notes, as in Escada Taj Sunset (2011), Versace Versus (2010) and Fuji Flower.
The generic name is based on Greek words for gold and leaf and refers to the leaves of some species that are often covered with golden hairs underneath. When the fruit is cut transversely, these cut segments present a starlike appearance, giving the tree the common name of star apple. The star apple is an exotic fruit with a tough, inedible skin that ranges in color from green to purple, depending on the stage of ripeness. The tree of this genus is erect, 25 to 100 ft. in length, with a short trunk to 3 ft. in diameter, having a dense, broad crown of brownhairy branchlets.
58. Habitat and Distribution
C. cainito is a tropical plant and prefers a humid atmosphere with relatively high temperatures throughout the year. In Southeast Asia, it thrives in the lowlands and in areas with a distinct dry season. The tree belongs to the lowlands of Central America and West Indies. It is more or less naturalized at low and medium altitudes from southern Mexico to Panama, and is abundant on the Pacific side of Guatemala. It is frequently cultivated at southern and northern Argentina and Peru.
59. No Compromise on Taste
Healthy juices need to taste too bland, too tart or just too strange to enjoy. Cranberry, pomegranate or green juice anyone? Or the juice is so sweet that it does more damage than good you may as well eat a handful of sugar for breakfast than orange or apple juice. Star Power, on the other hand is sweet without being too sweet, and healthy without being overwhelming.
60. History of Star Apple
Star Apple was introduced before 1901. In southern Vietnam and in Kampuchea it is grown for the fruits, but more for its ornamental value in West Tropical Africa, Zanzibar, and the warmer parts of India. It was introduced into Ceylon in 1802, and reached the Philippines much later, but has become very common there as a roadside tree and the fruit is appreciated.
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