The Cajá Fruit…
Cajá fruit (Spondias Mombin), also known as Mömbë, Yellow Mombin or Taperebá, is the fruit of a flowering tree that is native to the tropical region of South America, predominantly in the Amazon jungle. Within the Amazonian tribal community both the cajá tree bark, roots, leaves and fruits are used for traditional medicine.
The cajá fruits are orange to yellow and have elliptical shapes with leathery skin and a thin layer of fruit pulp, wrapped around a single large seed. These healthy Amazonian fruits look a lot like tiny mangoes. The caja pulp is the edible part of the caja fruits, and its taste and aroma are often described as a mix between passion fruit and mango.
The Benefits of Cajá…
The Cajá is one of those exotic and nutritious plant species with multiple uses and applications. The bark, wood, roots, fruits as well as the leaf of the cajá are well regarded in the treatment of a variety of ailments in traditional medicine in the Amazon region.
- The cajá pulp is an important source of vitamin A, B and C, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.
- The minerals in the cajá fruit are essential for supporting the immune system.
- The cajá pulp is a great source of antioxidants and is esential in fighting free radicals.
- There is no saturated fat or cholesterol in the cajá fruit and the overall fat content is low, making it a healthy choice whether you consume it raw and pure, or as part of a mixed juice drink.
How to prepare…
Traditionally the Cajá fruit is eaten in a variety of ways; fresh and straight from the fruit or cooked with sugar (Caramelized); to produce juice or as an ingredient for a variety of local Amazonian dishes. The best way to preserve the quality, healthy properties, the original aroma, flavor and color of this superfruit for a long time is by freezing its pulp.
Asopie Pure Cajá Pulp is a frozen product and can be stored frozen for over 12 months. To consume; partially thaw the pulp in the refrigerator or by placing the tub in cool water until a softness is reached (about 20 minutes). Once thawed, please keep refrigerated and consume within 5 days.
How to eat…
The partially thawed Cajá pulp can be consumed pure straight off the tub or mixed with sweetener to preference; or as ingredient for juice, smoothies, bowls, jams, ice creams, sauces and dressings
The Asopie Pure Cajá pulp is the smooth and thick edible part of the Cajá fruits, without the seeds.
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