Description of Jocote Fruit
Nutritional Value of Jocote Fruit
Uses of Jocote Fruit
Health Benefits of Jocote Fruit
Scientific name - Spondias purpurea
Spondias purpurea belongs to the flowering plant species of cashew family, Anacardiaceae which is endemic to America. it is otherwise referred as Jocote, which got originated from the Nahuatl word xocotl, meaning "fruit." The tree grows up to 25 feet tall and possesses 7-23 leaflets, each leaflet measuring 3–5 cm long and 1.5–2 cm broad.
The fruit is edible and appears typically oval in shape, each fruit measures 3-5 cm long and 2-3.5 cm broad. Jacote when gets ripened it turns to red color containing a single large seed. As the fruit is edible and contains many nutrients it is widely cultivated throughout the world including the Philippines and Nigeria.
|Food Value per 100 g of Edible Portion*|
|Ascorbic Acid||26.4-73.0 mg|
|Amino Acids**||(mg per g nitrogen [N = 6.25])|
The fruit when gets ripened it can be consumed with or without the skin. Sometimes it can be also eaten unripe with salt. The fruit is used as an important ingredient in one of the typical dishes of Salvadoran cuisine. The seed is generally ignored while making traditional cuisines.
It contains high dietary fiber
The fruit is a good source of vitamin A and C
It is rich in phosphorus, iron and calcium
It helps prevent acid reflux.