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Peanut Butter Fruit

Peanut Butter Fruit

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Peanut butter fruit
Scientific name: Bunchosia armeniaca

This plant is native to the northwestern South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil and Peru). Also known as Bunchosia fruit tree, it is the plant that is grown as an ornamental for its vibrant yellow blooms and red fruit which it produces simultaneously. Some of the popular common names of the plants are Bunchosia, Green Plum, Monk’s Plum, Peanut Butter Fruit and Peanut Butter Tree.

These plants bear fruits which are small in their size with a color varying from red to orange; the fruits flesh is thick and sticky in nature with a flavor which is similar to peanut butter and also figs which are free from moisture content. Since they have a flavor and texture similar to peanut butter they are named so. These fruits are taken as it is, and also aids in the preparation of jellies, jams and other preserves too.

Description:

The fruit has a dark orange to red color, with its size similar to an olive and has a peanut butter flavor added on to it, the Peanut butter fruit is very sweet having a texture similar to fresh fig which grows in a short statured tree. The trees generally grow up to a height of 15 feet whose leaves are evergreen and suits for ornamental purpose, the flowers are dark yellow in color and are self fertile in nature, these flowers are found along with the fruits for the entire season, They are domesticated in sunny spots, these trees are suitable to adapt tropical climatic conditions. With traces of peanut butter flavor, producing dark yellow colored flowers which turns out to be an oval shaped fruit with 1 inch of diameter similar to an olive, having a flesh which is sweet, sticky and traces of peanut butter flavor added on to it.

Image Credit: https://dengarden.com/gardening/Tropical-Taste-of-Hawaii-The-Peculiar-Peanut-Butter-Fruit

 

Health Benefits:
This fruit contains carotenoids, specifically lycopene, 10x more compared to lycopene found in tomatoes. Eating this fruit can help reduce cholesterol levels and help in maintaining heart health. It also has a positive effect on our nerves. Eating peanut butter fruits may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. (no approved therapeutic claims)

Taking Care of the Plant
Peanut butter fruit grows in both dry season as well in rainy season too. The minimum temperature for peanut butter fruit is 40 degrees minimum. Fertilizing the plant plays a major role. The plants are vulnerable to be caught of pests easily, so it must be viewed seriously and necessary measures must be taken.

Culinary uses

Ripe fruit is mostly eaten fresh. It is also used for jellies, jams, muffins, or preserves and to flavor drinks and milk shakes. The fruit can be refrigerated and the pulp can be frozen.

Seedling price: 

Php. 300.00 per seedling.

Content Sources:

  1. https://www.fruitsinfo.com/peanut-butter-fruit.php
  2. https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/peanut-butter-fruit

About The Author

Stephanie

Stephanie Caragos is the President & CEO of the 19 year running IT Company, Syntactics, Inc. and is the founder of letIThelp.org, a program and initiative that envisions in helping young Filipinos hone their skills in IT and increase their chances of getting stable and profitable jobs. She is also the founder of Syntactics PINK (Promoting Innovation Networking and Knowledge) for women to encourage and empower more women in IT and to encourage the younger generation of women take up STEM. She is a speaker and mentor in various Startup, Online Marketing, Web, ICT and ICT businesses related seminars and talks and works tirelessly in finding innovative ways of marketing online for clients. She is also a staunch supporter of Filipino Small and Medium Enterprises as she continues to develop products and services that would benefit SMEs as well as help them increase their success rate in using technology in business. Stephanie is currently the president of the CDO ICT Business Council and works with the members and stakeholders in the city in promoting ICT to support more startups and create more jobs in the city. She also currently serves as a director for the Eisenhower Fellowship Association of the Philippines. She has completed her Eisenhower Fellowship and was awarded as the Douglas Dillon Named Fellow for the year 2016 and recently completed her term as National President for the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines last 2017.

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