The Health Benefits of Eating Caimito (Star Apple)

Posted on Mar 21 2015 - 9:05am by tweenselmom

I love eating caimitos. Aside from they are delicious, they bring back memories of childhood to me. The times when me and my cousins were free to roam around the alleys of our compound in Balintawak. I remember we used to throw stones to a caimito tree full of ripe caimitos. The fruits easily fell down to our waiting hands and we just open them and eat them using our bare hands. Now, I am passing the love for this fruit to my kids.

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Caimitos are abundant during summer and last time I bought 5 pieces in the market, I paid only P20.00. Dessert will be easy with just a number of medium sized caimitos. Scrape the meat and include the seeds (you must teach your kids how to eat the meat without swallowing the seeds. if you can’t teach them, just serve them the meat and the thick sauce of the dessert).

Pour in some condensed milk and then put in ice cubes. Let the ice cubes melt into the fruit and milk and start to eat. I use Jolly Cow condensed milk because I find it thicker and tastier that you only need some few spoons to make your delectable dessert.

Health Benefits of Eating Caimito



grabbed from Wikipedia

We are so fortunate that star apples are abundant in the Philippines, specifically during summer. As per Wikipedia, the star apple plant is almost like the coconut tree wherein most of its plant parts are usable:

1. Leaves – Infusions of the leaves have been used against diabetes and articular rheumatism.
2. Fruits – Fruits have anti-oxidant properties.
3. Bark – The bark is considered a tonic and stimulant, and a bark decoction is used as an antitussive.

How about you? What are your favorite summer fruits?

Disclaimer : This is a personal blog post. I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional and the medical information in this post were all derived from Wikipedia.


30 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. petitemomma March 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I can’t remember when was the last time I ate Caimito. Must be ages ago kasi I thought Star Apples are yung Balimbing. LOL! 😀

    • TweenselMom March 23, 2015 at 4:05 am - Reply

      Balimbing is starfruit hahaha 🙂 it’s sour while star apples are sweet! dami nya now in the market.

  2. nicolepaler March 24, 2015 at 9:13 am - Reply

    caimito pala ang tawag dun… hahaha! the last time I ate one of those was when I was in elementary school pa… gonna be looking out for these para matry naman ng kiddos ko 🙂

    • TweenselMom March 29, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

      mommy nicole, make it soon kasi marami lang siya pag summer

  3. reigningstill March 24, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I remember my aunt in Nueva Ecija has a big caimito tree. So we’d eat this fruit to our hearts content. Tapos yung dagta kakalat sa damit namin. Yey! Hihihi.. I didn’t know it has lots of benefits though. Galing!

    • TweenselMom March 29, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

      My late Lolo was also from Nueva Ecija and he loves caimito.

  4. Donna March 24, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    caimito.. nkakamiss to. kaw tlg mommy lanie, last time na nkita ko post mo about strawberries, nag-crave ako. naku, patay c hubby, pahahanapin ko ng caimito. now na. hehe! 🙂

    • TweenselMom March 29, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

      hehe, at least marami na nito sa market donna, di na mahihirapan hubby mo 🙂

  5. Everything Home Life (Katriza) March 24, 2015 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I’ve never had this before, but they look delicious! I really love the benefits too! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Juvy Ann Petilla March 25, 2015 at 1:09 am - Reply

    I remember caimito. You are right I shoukd probably start introducing this my kids too. So far ang alam lang nila ay apple, manggo, pineapple, watermelon, melon and banana.

    • TweenselMom March 29, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

      My daughters know all kinds of fruit, pero they are picky when it comes to eating. Ako lang ang matakaw sa fruits, except for banana which they will eat anytime.

  7. Vance Madrid March 25, 2015 at 1:43 am - Reply

    I have yet to try eating caimito. Haven’t even seen the fruit too. Will try this out soon.

    • TweenselMom March 29, 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Ay you’ll miss half of your life @vance_madrid:disqus pag di mo to nataste 🙂

  8. Jacq Paraguya March 25, 2015 at 1:52 am - Reply

    I love this fruit! 🙂 Minsan lang yung damit ko puro dagta na. haha! 🙂

    • TweenselMom March 29, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

      I agree Jacq, madagta nga sya hahaha.

  9. Jenny1015 March 25, 2015 at 2:12 am - Reply

    This is absolutely one of my favorite fruits. I miss those times when my grandpa would send me boxes of caimito from Aklan.

  10. Ruth Alfonso Alarcon March 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I love caimito!!! But still, watermelon is my all-time favorite summer fruit! 🙂

    • TweenselMom March 29, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Love watermelon too!

  11. Hey, Miss Adventures! March 25, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Waaaaah. I’m really no fan of fruits. Nyaaay. I have to change my lifestyle na talaga. Buti my daughter loves eating mostly anything so we’re okay right there. I might give her caimito, hmmmmm. Now the bigger challenge is getting my taste buds used to eating fruits. Haha. When the daughter finds out, lagot!

  12. Nheng March 25, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I love Caimito!

  13. the dreamer mom March 26, 2015 at 3:39 am - Reply

    I love fruits – including the star apple. Sarap nyan!

  14. recoveringshopaholic March 26, 2015 at 4:33 am - Reply

    This really brings me down memory lane. I haven’t had caimito in forever! The last time I’ve tasted it is in the province (Bicol) around 15 years ago. Thanks for listing the benefits, now I have to get my daughter to try it!

    • TweenselMom March 29, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

      My folks are from Bicol too, from Virac, Catanduanes.

  15. Cai March 26, 2015 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Favorite ko ang kaimito, yehey it’s in season now!!!

  16. Arge Roque-Valencia March 26, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    I love ripe mangoes! I’m not a fan of the kaimito, though.

    • TweenselMom March 29, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

      I respect your decision Arge, haha.

  17. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen March 29, 2015 at 7:03 am - Reply

    I love Caimito but I never tried it with condensed milk and ice cubes! I’ll try it next time.

    • TweenselMom March 29, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Ay I promise Peachy, masarap siya 🙂

  18. triplejoys April 8, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I love caimito too! We used to pick caimito from my grandparents’ backyard when we were still young! Missing those days!

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