Ximenia Fruit Facts, Health Benefits and Properties 101
Facts About Ximenia
Ximenia spp is the botanical name for sour plum or wild plum. There are 2 common varieties of ximenia: -
It is a semi-deciduous small tree generally around 6 meters in height and having a blue-green overall appearance as well as a typical leaning and scraggy trunk. Its branches are purple-red in color and having a waxy bloom. Ximenia Americana has leaves that grow in tufts. They are leathery, hairless and grey-green in color. The fragrant pink, yellow green or white flowers can normally be seen between July and October but sometimes appear in the period of January to March.
It is another semi-deciduous shrub. Ximenia Caffra is difficult to differentiate from Ximenia Americana, which is within the same habitats. Ximenia caffra flowers appear either in bunches or singly with orange to red-colored fruit. The yellow or rose red fruit, which has only one seed, ripen a few months later after the flowers have bloomed. Ximenia Caffra fruit flesh is orange in color and edible with a bitter almond-like taste. The Ximenia Caffra fruit is very much tastier compared to those of the Ximenia Americana.
Both varieties are common all over Africa in hot, low-altitude regions from Senegal, Sudan, and all the way to Angola.
Health Benefits of Ximenia