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Star apple


Sapotaceae Chrysophyllum cainito L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The tree, native or naturalized in tropical America, is a thick-headed tropical evergreen, up to 50 feet, with oval to oblong, stiff leaves up to 6 inches long, silky pubescent on the under side. Fruit is nearly globose, smooth and hard, up to 3 inches diameter. In cross-section, the core is star-shaped - hence the name. The flesh is tender, mild and sweet in flavor. The skin is smooth and waxy. The tree is cultivated to some extent in the American tropics.