22 January 2017
Agbalumo is called the “African Star Apple.” Although some refer to it as Cherry, but that is just metaphorical or similitude: cherry is a different fruit.
Yoruba calls it Agbalumo, Hausa calls it Shikena, Igbo calls it Udara or Udala. Its name with the scientists is Chrysophyllum Albidum, belonging to the Genus Drupe.
It is a seasonal fruit that grows in December and ends its show around April.
To know about the benefits and indigenous usage of Agbalumo, enjoy the poem below.
Before you go,
Come disvirgin the tastelessness
That coats my tongue.
Come disflower the appetite
That Intrigues my senses.
Cum your milky liquids on my lips,
That majestically elope
By the orgasm of my hard touch
On your meaty flesh.
I’m not Omo Oba.
Don’t for that sake sweeten,
Be sweet because I’m Aswagaawy.
Transform the sour cherry-like inside
To a honey bee hive,
So that the taste lives on
In my system
Even after thou departure.
The picking frenzy of thee I venture.
The banking of thou seed I enjoy
For my Ayo, Suwe and counting job.
I’ll sink my teeth into your skin
And bury my molar into thy flesh;
Into a flavoured chewing gum.
Seasoning from December
To April your edible orange skin,
You seduce my memory
With your creamy pulp
That caress your dark brown seeds.
When you go, I’ll visit your tree
And wait till you descend again.
I’ll always honour your vitamins A & C
That surpasses orange and guava.
I salute thy calcium, iron potassium,
Phosphorous, tannin, magnesium,
Flavonoids, terpenoids, and
Phytochemicals that help lower
Blood sugar and cholesterol;
Preventing and treating
Homo sapiens heart diseases.
I remember thy roots, barks,
And such anti-oxidant fruit you are;
Used for ages to battle diseases-
Yellow fever, malaria, skin eruption,
Stomach ache, Diarrhoea and Cancer
In sequence respect.
Before you go
I’ll kiss your flesh.
Before you go
Take a good care of me.
Agbalumo: African Star Apple
Omo Oba: Prince/Princess
Udara/Udala: African Star Apple