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Rollinia

Caitlin Espejo

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Do you know what rollinia is? Ever heard of it or tasted it before? In this blog, we will talk about the origin, the part of Florida where they grow, and even some health benefits of eating the fruit.

What is rollinia? Do you know what it looks like? Usually, oval or heart-shaped, rollinia fruits are coated with soft spines or cone-shaped protrusions. Their flesh is soft, creamy, white, or yellowish, and is covered in a thin, greenish-yellow skin. Many people characterize the taste as a blend of many tropical flavors, such as citrus, pineapple, and banana, with a slight creaminess. Some say they taste like lemon meringue pie.

The tropical fruit rollinia has the scientific name Rollinia mucosa. It is native to South America’s Amazon jungle, specifically to countries like Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador. It is a member of the Annonaceae family, which also includes soursop, sugar apples, and cherimoya fruits.

Rollinia trees are grown in Florida. We experienced them growing in Miami-Dade, Broward, Charlotte, Martin, and Palm Beach as these areas have tropical climates. These fruit trees are commonly cultivated in home gardens or small orchards in these places because of the environment, which is conducive to their growth and they flourish in warm, humid circumstances.

While the fruit tastes like lemon meringue pie, it also has its health benefits.

  1. It is rich in vitamins and nutrients
    • Rollinia contains many vitamins, particularly vitamins C and B. Vitamin C supports the immune system.
    • Vitamin B in rollinia speeds up metabolism, blood circulation and prevents nervous disorders. It is also vital for the body’s energy production, fat storage, and nervous system functioning.
  2. Antioxidants
    • It contains antioxidants that combat oxidative stress and help reduce inflammation in the body.
  3. Minerals
    • Rollinia contains essential minerals such as potassium which is essential for heart health and regulating blood pressure.
  4. Relieves pain
    • The fruit analgesic qualities can aid in the pain relief of open wounds. Juice from rollinia also aids in wound healing and reduces discomfort from injuries.
  5. Prevents UTI’s
    • The high water content of Rollinia fruits is useful in treating and preventing haematuria (blood in the urine) and other urinary tract infections. The juice of the rollinia fruit is regarded as the finest treatment for liver disease and urethritis.
  6. Fortifies bones
    • The calcium, zinc, and phosphorus included in rollinias are helpful for maintaining bone density and enabling vitamins to be fixed in calcium and mineral production of bone tissue.
  7. Hydration
    • Rollinia is a high water content, therefore, it helps with keeping one hydrated and contributes to the overall water intake of a person.

Now for some fun facts of rollinia.

  1. In the Amazon, Rollinia fruit has been used for centuries for both medicinal and culinary purposes. In Brazil, wine is produced by fermenting the pulp of the Rollinia fruit. The fruit was used to stave off scurvy and was used as a stimulant and to help cool the body when it became too hot. After being pulverized, the seeds were utilized as a digestive aid. Rollinia tree wood was utilized to create canoe ribs, crates, and boat masts because it was sturdy and heavy.
  2. Rollinia trees can reach a height of 5 meters (16 feet).
  3. Rollinia is also called biribá, lemon meringue pie fruit, and wild sugar-apple.

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