The May Newsletter Giveaway
The FREE fruit tree for May goes to Emmaleigh Muddle of Palmwoods. Emmaleigh chose a Star Apple tree.
For those who like the scientific names:
Species: C. cainito
Binomial name: Chrysophyllum cainito
Chrysophyllum cainito is a tropical tree of the family Sapotaceae. It is native to the Greater Antilles and the West Indies. It has spread to the lowlands of Central America and is now grown throughout the tropics, including Southeast Asia. It also grows well in the sub-tropical climate that we enjoy in South-East Queensland.
Here are some interesting facts about the Star Apple from Wikipedia.
"The fruit is globose and typically measures from 2 to 3 inches in diameter. When ripe, it usually is purple-skinned with a faint green area appearing around the calyx. A radiating star pattern is visible in the pulp. Greenish-white and yellow-fruited cultivars are sometimes available. The skin is rich in latex, and both it and the rind are not edible. The flattened seeds are light brown and hard. It is a seasonal fruit bearing tree.
The fruits are used as a fresh dessert fruit. It is sweet and often served chilled. ... The fruit has antioxidant properties. ... The fruit also exists in three colors, dark purple, greenish brown and yellow. The purple fruit has a denser skin and texture while the greenish brown fruit has a thin skin and a more liquid pulp; the yellow variety is less common and difficult to find."