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Abiu

Fruit Information for Abiu

ABIU

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Common Name: Abiu Scientific Name: Pouteria caimito
Other Names: Colombia: called caimito, caimito amarilla, caimo or madura verde, Ecuador: luma, Venezuela: temare, Brazil: abi, abio, abieiro or caimito. Called yellow star apple in Trinidad
PH Range: Acidic Salt Tolerance:
Cold Tolerance: Harmed at 33 F and Killed at 30 F Soil Type: Fertile and wet. It is subject to chlorosis in the limestone of southern Florida.
Size: Generally 33 ft. high, but under favorable conditions, it may reach up to 100 ft. Varieties: There is much variation in the form, size and quality of the fruits of seedling trees, some having firm flesh, some soft; and some are insipid, while others have agreeable flavor.
Comments: Medicinal uses: In Brazil, the pulp, because of its mucilaginous nature, is eaten to relieve coughs, bronchitis and other pulmonary complaints. The latex is given as a vermifuge and purge and is applied on abscesses. Trees are fast growing and bear fruit in 2 to 3 years. Related to the sapodilla, canistel, and mamey sapote.


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