Titilayo Kupoliyi

Hog plum, also known as yellow mombin ornamental tree of the cashew family (Anacardiaceae) which belong to the Spondias genus, is the name given to fruits from the hog plum tree, which is native to Peru.

The fruit comes in a range of colours, including green, purple, red, orange and yellow.

The thicker, leathery skin covers a pink-yellow pulp inside, with a texture that is much like avocado. Hog plums are rich in antioxidants, which provide a range of health benefits.

Hog plums are related to mangos and have a sweet-sour taste, depending on ripeness.

The fruits can be eaten raw and whole as a snack, but they are commonly made into fresh juices or used to produce ice cream, jams and jellies.

In Mexico, unripe hog plums are pickled to make a sour-spicy side dish.

Also, the bark and leaves are given as tea to relieve swellings and the buds were chewed or made into tea for colds, coughs, constipation and tapeworm.

Hog plum fruit juice, leaves, bark, roots and flowers are used in traditional medicine in some parts of the world where the trees can be found.

Report shows that hog plum is rich in Vitamin C, Iron and protects against heart disease.

The Hog plums are rich in antioxidants, provides a range of health benefits which include Enhances Bone Health, Prevent indigestion, constipation, Promotes Muscle Strength and Balance body temperature,

A 2010 issue of “Cardiovascular Toxicology” included a study on the antioxidant content and effectiveness of hog plums in rat hearts.

Researchers found that hog plums were naturally high in antioxidants and reduced overall cholesterol levels while their effect on heart health was comparable to that of Ramipril.


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