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A halved Chrysophyllum cainito fruit exposing white and purple pulp in an orange bowl
chrysophyllum cainito
Chrysophyllum cainito (Star Apple)

Originating from tropical America, this fast-growing tropical tree bears sweet, globose fruits, measuring 2 to 3 inches in diameter, comes in a palette of colors—purple being the most common, though green and red varieties also exist. The skin houses a radiating star pattern in the pulp, a feature that also alludes to its common name. The leaves and fruits have found use in traditional medicine, boasting potential anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, and wound-healing properties. It is called caimito in Colombia and only the white pulp is eaten which tastes a little like grape. It is sold in local markets close to where the fruit is cultivated.

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