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Chrysophyllum.

Chrysophyllum africanum A. DC. Sapotaceae.

African tropics. This is a tall tree of Sierra Leone, whose fruit is in request.

Chrysophyllum argenteum Jacq.

Martinique. The fruit, the size of a plum, contains a soft, bluish, edible pulp.

Chrysophyllum cainito Linn. Star Apple.

West Indies This tree has been cultivated from time immemorial in the West Indies but nowhere is found wild. It seems to have been observed by Cieza de Leon in his travels in Peru, 1532-50, and is called caymitos. Lunan says some trees bear fruit with a purple and some with a white skin and pulp, which when soft is like jelly, with milky veins and has a sweet and pleasant taste.

Chrysophyllum glabrum Jacq.

Martinique. The fruit is blue, of the form and size of a small olive and is seldom eaten except by children.

Chrysophyllum michino H. B. & K.

New Granada. The fruit is yellow outside, whitish and clammy inside and is very grateful.

Chrysophyllum microcarpum Sw.

Haiti. The fruit is the size of a gooseberry, of a very sweet, delicious taste.

Chrysophyllum monopyrenum Sw. Damson Plum of Jamaica.

West Indies. The fruit is oval and about the size of a Bergamot pear. It contains a white, clammy juice when fresh, which, after being kept a few days, becomes sweet, and delicious. It frequently contains four or five black seeds about the size of pumpkin seeds.

Chrysophyllum obovatum Sabine.

African tropics. The fruit is the size of an apple, with a short apex and is much inferior to the star apple of the West Indies.

Chrysophyllum pruniferum F. Muell.

Australia. The fruit is of a plum-like appearance and is edible.

Chrysophyllum roxburghii G. Don. Pitakara. Star Apple.

Asiatic tropics. The fruit is greedily eaten by the natives. It is the size of a small crab, yellow when ripe, smooth and is greedily eaten although insipid. The pulp is tolerably firm but is exceedingly clammy, adhering to the lips or knife with great tenacity.


Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.



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