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Star Apple

Chrysophyllum cainito

a.k.a. Caimito

Round, baseball sized fruit that when cut has a core that takes on a star shape. Pulp is soft and sweet. The star apple usually comes in two forms, either the dark purple skinned variety with red-purple pulp, or the green skinned variety with clear-white pulp. The star apple is a very popular fruit in many tropical parts of the world.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Star Apple. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in July 2014.

Description

A medium to large sized tree from 25-80ft high. Leaves are very pretty, with a glossy green surface, and a shimmering gold velvety underside.

Hardiness

Star apples are tropical, and will not survive more than a couple of degrees of frost.

Growing Environment

Young trees are highly susceptible to any kind of frost or cold wind. Trees need balanced watering throughout the year.

Propagation

Either by seeds, which take 5-10 years to bear, or by grafting and budding, with trees coming to bear in 2-4 years.

Uses

Star apples are eaten fresh. The pulp is usually spooned out as to avoid the bitter tasting rind. The fresh fruit is also often added to salads, drinks, and other dishes.

Native Range

Native to tropical America, from the Caribbean through Central America. Is now grown commercially in Central and South America as well as tropical Asia and Africa. Occasionally grown commercially in parts of south Florida.

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