Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The African Cherry Orange - 'Citropsis articulata' - fam: Rutaceae
Citropsis articulata, more commonly known as The African Cherry Orange, West African cherry orange, Uganda cherry orange, Agbalumo, Udara, Otien, and locally, in Uganda, as Omuboro, is a type of flowering plant in the citrus family. It is native to tropical West Africa, Ghana, DR Congo, and Uganda, where an infusion made of the ground root of omuboro, drunk once a day for three days is considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac - for men only. Science has not investigated the veracity of this belief. The herbal preparation is sold locally.
Conservationists in Uganda are concerned that demand for the plant is such that the species may require conservation efforts. 1
The tangerine-like fruits have a typically sweet orange-like flavour. Nutritional experts say that, this fruit contains 5 per cent of the daily recommended value, per serving, of vitamin C, and vitamin A. It is also believed that the leaves of the fruit, condensed glucose levels in diabetic rabbits, the same function that insulin in the human body performs. Furthermore, one serving of the cherry orange serves up to 2 per cent iron, a mineral very important for the daily oxygenation your body. They can also be consumed generously as a great source of phytochemical. 2
REFERENCES: Wikipedia 1 Fruits Info.com 2