Spanish Plum Jocote (Spondias purpurea) topical fruit live tree 12″-24″
The jocote is one of the tastiest and healthiest fruits in Central and South America. Many times it can cause confusion because it is known by several names, such as plum, cirgüela, jobo, xocote, cocota, yoyomo or Spanish Plum (in English).s
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The jocote is the fruit of the Spondias purpurea, a tree that grows from Brazil to Guatemala. As with their names, the jocote can be found in different shapes: red, yellow, orange, purple, oval, rectangular, with indentations or completely smooth. Most of the fruit is made up of the seed, and its pulp is characterized by having a bittersweet flavor. The jocote is rich in vitamins, such as A, B and C, minerals, such as phosphorus, iron and calcium, and fiber. It also has 4 of the 9 essential amino acids (lysine, methionine, threonine and tryptophan) compounds necessary to make proteins. This set of properties make it a great option against different diseases and conditions:
Thanks to its large amount of fiber, jocote increases the feeling of satiety, helping to extend the periods between meals. In addition, fiber adds body to the stool and allows the intestines to function properly. This, along with its low calorie level, makes it easy to keep weight under control.
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Strengthens the immune system
The jocote has many antioxidant compounds that help prevent the degenerative effects of free radicals, unstable molecules that facilitate the appearance of diseases. This makes it an excellent ally to strengthen the immune system.
Anemia is a disease characterized by a lack of red blood cells that carry oxygen to the rest of the cells, causing tiredness and fatigue. Thanks to the iron and carbohydrates it contains, jocote energizes the body and helps fight this condition. For this reason, it is also usually recommended for athletes.
For muscle aches
Spasms are involuntary contractions of the muscles that are usually temporary. They can be due to poor effort or insufficient minerals or vitamins. The jocote can reduce these pains because it is rich in calcium and potassium. In addition, its leaves can be crushed, boiled and applied in the form of a paste to relieve headaches.
How to consume jocote
Again, the variety stands out as a characteristic of the jocote, since it can be consumed in many ways. When ripe, it is usually eaten fresh, although it can also be stewed with sugar and eaten as a dessert. Another option is to boil it in brine, then dry it, and thus get dried fruit sandwiches. Natural medicine highlights the use of jocote as an anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antispasmodic (calming colic), treating mouth sores or skin wounds and fight diarrhea. It is also common for its leaves, seeds or bark to be used for different purposes, such as producing paper pulp, acting as glue or feeding livestock.