Velvet apple, a healthy as well as fluffy fruit is the native of the Philippines. The fruit which is also known as mabolo has a reddish-brown colour and very sweet taste. For some, the taste of the fruit is unpleasant as it smells cheesy. Even though the smell, many people include velvet apple in their diet for its nutrient-rich factors. It is full of vitamins, and minerals such as vitamin (A, B, and C), fibre, proteins, iron, potassium and calcium.
Major health benefits of velvet apple
Iron: Being velvet apple is a store of iron, the fruit helps to improve red blood cells in the body. Red blood cells make oxygenation possible and strengthen tissues, muscles, metabolic productivity and the growth of hair.
Potassium: Potassium is another mineral that is enriched in velvet apple. The high content of potassium makes the blood cells to relax and reduce stress and thus decreases the chances for hypertension, heart attacks and strokes.
Vitamins A, B, & C: The fruit restraints premature ageing, and other chronic diseases, and improves skin quality because of Vitamins it has in the fruit. It helps the antioxidants in the body.
Fibre: The superior content of fibre makes the fruit favourite for those who are troubled with constipation and other stomach related issues.
The pulp: The pulp of the fruit sometimes used as an ointment that can be applied on the skin. It says the pulp can reduce skin related problems such as skin irritation and inflammation.
Things to remember before cultivation
Normally it will take 6-7 years to bear fruit if the plant is from the seeds. The tree bears fruit all around the year, but has more yield during the summer season.
So, it is recommended to use the cuttings from the mother plant which will take 3-4 years to bear fruit. There are two kinds of varieties, one with seeds and another without seeds.
The fruit is covered with fine and velvety fur, which makes the name literally means. The fruit is commonly found in, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia. The tropical condition of Kerala makes the state a desirable growing place for velvet apple. The plant will grow up to metres in height. The plant flowers in March- April months and cultivation can be done during August- September months.