It’s been a while since I had an alasa fruit. In the process of acquiring one, I have learnt that my mother has no clue what it is let alone how to eat one; and that my sister, M’sa, who claims to have loved it as a child had never cherished it to the point of creating chewing gum in her mouth. I feel very sad for all the alasa fruit that met their demise at her teeth and never had the chance to reach their full potential.
In my first post on alasa, I found out that its English and botanical names are African star apple (white star apple) and Chrysophyllum albidum. It packs more vitamin C than an orange. Research in Nigeria has shown that the bark from the tree has anti-plasmodial effects thus serving as a remedy for yellow fever or malaria.
Now, I understand the “star” in its English name.