The Jamaican naseberry fruit is a very sweet tasting that is loved by myself and many other Jamaicans. There fruit is native of the Caribbean and Central America but is also grown in other tropical region such a Asia and India. The nasebrry fruit is also know as sapodilla
The fruit varies in shape, size and colour. Some naseberries are round, oval, and may be 4 to 8 aches in diameter. The skin of thee fruit is brown and has a sandpaper like texture. The flesh can vary from dark brown, reddish brown or a yellowish colour with black flat seeds in its centre. The fruit has a very fragrant aroma, which is just as sweet as the taste.
When the naseberry fruit is ripe and ready to be eaten it is soft to the touch. Simple give the fruit a little squeeze if it is soft you can eat it. If naseberry is hard it is not ready to be eaten.
In Jamaican, to most common way to eat the fruit, is to pick it from the tree and bite straight into its sweet flesh. It eaten this way, you have to be careful of its flat egg shaped seed that can easily slide down you throat. I have swallowed a few seeds by accident. It is best to slice the fruit in half or quarter, remove the seeds then eat it.
Because the skin of the naseberry fruit is much coarser than the flesh, it is sometimes peel before eaten.
There are a number of health benefits that the naseberry fruit provides. It id rich in antioxidant that fight free radical in the body that causes colds and flus. The fruit also contain good amount of antioxidant vitamins like vitamin-C and vitamin-A, which help to boost the immune system.
There are a lot more healthy benefits that comes with eating the naseberry fruit including anti-inflammatory effect that helps with issues like irritating bowel disorders and to prevent cancer.
The Jamaican naseberry tree is slowing growing but can grow up to over 100 feet high. In Jamaica, the fruit is in season between the end of February and early May, so if you are ever there during this time sure to try the naseberry. You will love it.
Why not have a read on other fruits you would find in Jamaica.