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According to the west Indies & Central America. It is cultivated for its edible fruit, which is the size & shape of an apple and is named for the star-shaped core. One of the relatively minor fruits of the family sapotaceae, the star apple or golden tree, has acquired a moderate assortment of regional names.
-In Jamaica, the flesh is often with sour orange juice, a combination called "matrimony"; or it is mixed with orange juice, a little sugar, grated nutmeg & a spoonful of sherry and eaten as dessert. The Star Apple (Chrysophyllum cainito) is a tropical tree of the family Sapotaceae, native to the lowlands of Central America and the West Indies. It grows rapidly and reaches 20 m in height. It has numerous common names including cainito, caimito, star apple, golden leaf tree, abiaba, pomme du lait, estrella, milk fruit and aguay. It is also known by the synonym Achras cainito. In Vietnam, it is called vú sữa (literally: breast-milk). The leaves are evergreen, alternate, simple oval, entire, 5–15 cm long; the underside shines with a golden color when seen from a distance. The tiny flowers are purplish white and have a sweet fragrant smell. The tree is also hermaphroditic (self-fertile). It has round, purple-skinned fruit hat is often green around the calyx, with a star pattern in the pulp. Sometimes there is a greenish-white or yellow variety of the fruit. The skin is rich in latex, and both it and the rind are not edible. The flattened seeds are light brown and hard. It bears fruit year around after it reaches about seven years of age.
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