If something has Latin America and particularly MexicoIt is a great variety of fruit. Yes, there are the usual ones, the ones we don’t consume as much and the exotic ones. Although we limit our consumption to fruit that we can regularly pay and the exotic sometimes we don’t even buy them, because they are very expensive, there are other jewels that are not so expensive, but that are still somewhat unknown, or at least for the millennials, centennial and digital natives that everything natural becomes new, violent and perfectible.
Why the generational joke? because there is actually fruit that have been around for a lot of years and that nobody was fighting until some tiktokers, youtubers or influencers, took out their content and suddenly BOOM! everyone wants pitahaya, pineapple or custard apple and they sell them as if they were new, but no, they have been here in American territory for many years. The truth is that sometimes Mexicans or Latinos in general ignore even the very flora that surrounds us, perhaps because it is always there or because of a lack of curiosity.
But taking advantage of this rush from mexican fruit made known by foreign influencersToday we want to talk to you about a species that you surely ate as a child at some time if you happened to be millennialbecause your grandmother, mother or aunt had a small tree of this in her house, when you could still have your own house with space for everyone and even for plants and there were times when that being bore very rich fruits. Of course we are talking about nothing more and nothing less than the capulín.
What benefits can capulín bring you?
The capulín it is also known as the Mexican cherry and grows on trees, which normally reached 7-15 meters in height. It is native to the Valley of Mexico, Sonora, Chiapas or Veracruz. It can grow in all these territories. It has even been cultivated in Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru or Bolivia. It was an important food of the pre-Hispanic peoples, and of the Spanish conquerors.
Its color is very similar to that of the Red plum and the size is like the cherries. Its flavor is bittersweet and if we consume it frequently during its season, it can give us various health benefits, such as: strengthening our immune system thanks to its antioxidants and vitamin C; a better digestionDue to the fiber that it provides us when we consume it or relief from upset stomach thanks to its minerals and bactericidal properties.
According to information from government of Mexicocapulín is one of the fruits with the highest content of vitamins A, B and C, it is also rich in minerals; contains significant amounts of citric acid; malic and hydrocyanic. They are very easy to digest and are generally consumed raw, although they can also be eaten cooked in jams, syrups and even alcoholic beverages or fruit waters.