African pear or bush pear is a native fruit of West Africa. It is mainly found in southeast Nigeria. Dacryodes edulius is the fruit tree of the bush pear, sometimes called Ube (Nigeria), atanga (Gabon), Safou (Cameroon), African plum, butter fruit, etc. It’s pink in color when unripe and turns dark purple when ripe.

It is a fruit that is popularly eaten by Nigerians as street food. It is also delicious to eat with cooked or roasted corn. Bush pear has a butter-like nature when roasted or dipped in hot water and is enjoyed by all.

What is so special about Bush pear?

Well, there are a lot of things special about it, as bush pear has a variety of health benefits due to the presence of vitamins and minerals that are contained in the fruit.

Bush pears contain a rich amount of antioxidants and minerals which help to fight free radicals. It also helps to prevent scurvy, and keep the skin glowing. The fiber present in the fruit helps to prevent constipation and also ensures regularity of bowel movement. Bush pears help to boost the immune system. It helps the immune system to resist certain diseases and maintain healthy immunity.

Bush pear is classified as hypoallergenic fruit because they don’t cause allergic reactions. It has a lot of antimicrobial properties, which helps to keep away the bacteria that are responsible for tooth decay and mouth odor. The green paste of the pear can be used as a traditional medicine to treat skin rashes, ringworm, and other parasitic wounds is cured using Ube.

The minerals present in Ube play an important role in the skeletal system like calcium helps to maintain bone health, blood clotting, etc. Also, phosphorus is useful for the maintenance and formation of healthy bones and teeth in both adults and children. Studies have shown that regular consumption of bush pear slows down the risk of macular degeneration in old people.

Bush pear contains fiber, sugars, carbohydrates. Vitamins such as vitamin C and Vitamin B6, thiamine, pantothenate, folate, Niacin, and riboflavin. Minerals such as; Potassium, Phosphorus, iron, zinc, magnesium.

African pears compromise medicinal properties that are useful to treat diverse ailments including dysentery, fever, wounds, pores and skin disease, etc.

Bush pears are sold in the market at an affordable price. Don’t forget to get some and be a part of its awesomeness.

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