The edible fruit of a tropical flowering tree of the same name. Abiyuch provides a good source of iron, manganese, potassium, fiber and vitamin C.
A tropical Asian and African flowering tree, Crateva religiosa, of the caper family.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
The flower buds are pickled and used as a flavouring in sauces, salads etc. The young fruits and tender branch tips can also be pickled and used as a condiment. The flower buds are harvested in the early morning and wilted before pickling them in white vinegar. Young shoots – cooked and used like asparagus.
It is used internally in the treatment of gastrointestinal infections, diarrhoea, gout and rheumatism. Externally, it is used to treat skin conditions, capillary weakness and easy bruising.
An extract of the root is used as a cosmetic and is particularly useful in treating rose-coloured rashes and capillary weaknesses.
Conserving and Storing
Fresh in refrigerator.