Star Apple

Scientific Name: Chrysophyllum cainito L.

Family Name: Sapotaceae


The fruit has a moderate amount of Vitamin C, along with calcium and phosphorus. The fruit’s deep color is a product of its rich antioxidants, important nutrients found in blueberries and other fruits.

While its dramatic purple color makes it look different from most of its tan-colored cousins, the star apple is a close relative of the mamey sapote, egg fruit and sapodilla.

The skin of the plant is inedible due to its high latex content, which is also found in the bark. The latex has been used as a substitute for other latex saps in a product called gutta-percha, a natural rubber that is used in some dental equipment.