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Abiu

Sapotaceae Pouteria caimito

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Sapotaceae Family
Abricó-da-praia Abiu Abiu Sapoti, chiku, mespel, naseberry, sapadilla, snake fruit ou sawo

Pouteria Genus
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Location

he abiu is located in the headwaters of the Amazon. It grows wild in the lower eastern part of the Andes from southwestern Venezuela to Peru. It also grows around Iquitos, Peru and it will commonly be found in the Province of Guayas in Ecuador. There in Ecuador they sell the fruits in the markets of Guayaquil. Some other areas you will find the tree growing heavily are in Para and Brazil. It is found sparsely near Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. It can also be found in Colombia in areas such as the regions of Caquetá, Meta and Vaupes and it is very plentiful in the Amazonas, Venezuela. It has also been growing for a very long time in Trinidad. The abiu grows best in areas that have a year-round moist and a warm climate. It will do well in wet soil. It can now be found throughout most of the Amazonia. It is a common dooryard tree in the backyards and streets in the city of many Brazilian towns, but it is not usually grown commercially. The abiu is nearly all tropical. It will thrive in a place that has a year round warm and moist climate, although it has been known to grow will in Rio do Janeiro, which is a somewhat cooler climate. In Peru it cannot grow above 2,000 feet in elevation, but in Colombia it has been found growing up to an elevation of 6,000 feet.

Physical Description
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The abiu is a tropical fruit tree located in the Amazonian region of South America. It will grow an average of 33 feet high, and can grow as high as 116 feet under good conditions. Its fruitís shape varies from round to oval with a point. When ripe, it has smooth bright yellow skin and will have one to four ovate seeds. The inside of the fruit is translucent and white. It has a creamy and jelly-like texture and its taste is sweet like caramel.
The leaves of the tree range from oblong to elliptic. The can be anywhere from four to eight inches in length and one and a half to two and a half inches in width. The flowers on the tree can come either by themselves or in clusters of two to five flowers. The will come in on the leaf axils on long, thin shoots. The flowers are small and have either four or five petals. The petals are cylindrical and will be white to greenish in color. The flowers are hermaphroditic, which means they are both sexes. The flowers open in the morning and can stay open for about two days.

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Sapotaceae
Ericales
Ericales
Erica Order (Heathers)
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus
General Information

The fruit of the abiu tree is edible and is eaten out of hand in most cases. In Colombia, it is advised that if you eat the fruit, you grease your lips before eating it in order to keep the gummy latex from sticking to their lips. The fruit of the abiu is also used in ice cream. It can be cut up and put in yogurt for a light and delicious breakfast. Another way to serve the abiu is to scoop out the flesh and sprinkle a little limejuice on it to bring out the flavor, and then chill it. There are not a lot of ways to serve the abiu because it has a very subtle flavor and will be overcome by any other fruit if it is added to a fruit salad. The wood of the abiu tree is dense, heavy, and hard and it is used in construction. In Brazil, people will eat the pulp in order to relieve coughs, bronchitis, and other pulmonary complaints because the pulp has a mucilaginous nature. Medically, it is used for many things such as adstringent, anti-anemic, and anti-inflammatory. It can help to stop a fever, stop diarrhea, stop coughs, and it also contains many helpful nutrients.

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