Saturday, April 25, 2009


Abiu fruits are shaped from round to oval with a point, and sometimes with a short nipple at the apex. The skin of the fruit is smooth, tough, pale-yellow in color when mature. This fruit is also relative to sapodilla.

The pulp of the fruit is translucent and white, with a creamy and jelly-like texture along with 1 to 4 shiny brownish ovate seeds. The immature and young fruits are permeated with latex and are very gummy and astringent. The taste of the flesh is sweet like caramel.

The fresh fruit can be eaten raw out-of-hand as table fruits. These fruits are also used in making ice creams.

Abiu fruits are native to the Amazonian region of South America, and are now being cultivated throughout the tropics of Latin America and Southeast Asia.