Prune de Cythère (Ambarella)
Rich in Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron and fiber.
Native to Melanesia and Polynesia (Tahiti), Ambarella or Golden Apple is very common in South East Asia. It arrived in the West Indies and tropical America in the 18th century.
No information is provided on the number of varieties of Ambarella.
Contrary to what one might think of Kythira plum do not belongs to the same family of plum but the family of mangoes.
This beautiful fast growing ornamental tree can reach 20 meters high.
Ambarella trees give rise to clusters of long-stalked oval fruit. They have a green skin turning yellow at maturity. Inside, a fibrous core and spiky spine joins the juicy pulp. In Asia, crisp and tart green fruit, preserved in vinegar or used as a condiment. In Martinique, it makes it a popular herbal green juice taste and low alcohol drink with green fruit, which approximates cider. It can also be used in the design of sorbet.
The fruit ripe barely is cooked with sugar and then keeps unchanged in its syrup or jam. The yellow fruit, soft and musky flavor appreciates fresh.
In Asia, the young leaves, acids, are eaten as a vegetable.
Before ripening Ambarella is used against diseases of the liver and intestines against the evils. Ambarella has properties that affect blood clotting, the contraction of muscles, the strength of bones and teeth, on the immune system, on the renewal of tissue, protects cardiovascular disease, anti-anemic, anti-stress properties and facilitate intestinal transit.