Health Benefits of Ximenia Fruit #atozchallenge

Yes there is a food that starts with ‘X’ and I found it!!!

According to Wikipedia, ximenia fruit is also known as tallow wood, yellow plum or sea lemon.  It’s a tropical plant that has a plum like flavor when eaten, but the whole plant has a history of many medicinal uses including fighting sleep sickness, anemia, and treating sore muscles.

  • The ximenia fruit is high in vitamin C, important to healthy tissue growth and repair.  Vitamin C also aids in the absorption of iron and is an important antioxidant in the body.
  • Ximenia fruit contains vitamin E, a vitamin that is required for the proper function of vital organs in the body.  Vitamin E is important for a healthy cardiovascular system, healthy skin, hair and nails, and is good for reducing muscle damage after exercise.
  • Ximenia fruit has magnesium in it.  Magnesium is and important mineral for healthy bones, optimizes energy production, maintains balance in the nervous system and helps with inflammation.
  • The ximenia bark can be used to treat toothaches and infections of the gum.  A tea can be made from the bark that can be used to ease nausea and stomach aches.
  • Ximenia seed oil is good for treating dry, cracked skin and healing rashes and inflamed skin.  You can also use the oil to make your hair more shiny and stronger.

Tips for eating ximenia fruit:

The fruit can be eaten raw and is best when it is slightly overripe.  The pulp is usually mashed into a porridge once the skin and seeds are removed, but the fruit can also be processed into a jam.  Desserts and jellies are also popular ways to eat the ximenia fruit as well.

 

 

Sources:

http://omtimes.com/2013/05

http://www.101healthyrecipes.com/health-benefits-of-fruit/ximenia-fruit-facts-health-benefits-properties-101.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ximenia_americana

2 Comments

  1. Eli@CoachDaddy

    X is always the challenge, isn’t it? I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds delicious. I guess this is the sort of thing you’d have to get in a farmer’s market?

    Glad I found your blog through the A to Z Challenge.

    ~Eli@CoachDaddy (#878)

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