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    DID YOU KNOW: Kaimite fruit

    Anselma Aimable, SNO contributor - Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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    Kaimite fruit.

    Did you know in St. Lucia there is a fruit called kaimite?

    In other parts of the globe it is called cainito, caimito, star-apple, pomme du lait, aguay, abiaba, milk fruit, golden leaf tree, and estrelle.

    The fruit is referred to as “bobi wata” or breast milk fruit in Sierra Leone. The kaimite belongs to the Sapotaceae family and the scientific name is chrysophyllum cainito.

    The kaimite tree grows to a height of eight to 30 meters tall, and produces round or pear-shaped purple-skinned fruit. Caimito fruits are sweet and delicious. When the fruits are cut in half they resemble a star.

    This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is written by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to doublea@candw.lc.

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    1. south man
      March 18, 2014
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      Yes I remember having this from some 20 years ago as a 6 year old child before I the island…upon returning some ten years after I have never seen it again …not even bwee…. man or trees are dying

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    2. RP
      March 18, 2014
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      I sooo remember eating kaimite fruit when we used to walked from Odsan to Bexon for school and church. There were some giant trees on a lady name Madejou just before Round The Bend Bar on the Bexon Highway. Man thanks for bringing back some good old days.
      I live aboard still very found of my island. I love my Helen of the West Indies.

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    3. B A
      March 18, 2014
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      I remember eating this when i was a little boy on my way home, after school.
      Haven’t seen it in a while though.

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    4. Son of Helen
      March 18, 2014
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      Don’t know this fruit…perhaps by a different name.

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    5. Joseph Cherry
      March 18, 2014
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      I remember picking Kaimite/ star apple with my late cousin John Fevriere at Deglos thirty years ago.

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    6. ti
      March 18, 2014
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      Thanks for the discussion. I am learning as you go along.

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    7. A.Aimable
      March 18, 2014
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      Email writer here are the differences…When you cut bwi it does not resemble a star but when you cut Kaimite crosswise it resembles a star hence the name star-apple, when you cut carambola/five-finger is resembles a star also hence the name star-fruit.

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    8. A.Aimable
      March 18, 2014
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      To the email writer these are Kaimite picked in my yard.. Miwiz(Governor plum) are different. In St. Lucia bwi is a smaller variety of Kaimite. Miwiz(Governor plum) are different.

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    9. Girl
      March 18, 2014
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      Well I actually know it here in st. lucia as the pomme du lait.

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    10. Jewel
      March 18, 2014
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      Is that what we refer to in St. Lucia as “me-wiz’?

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    11. Luciangirl
      March 18, 2014
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      WOW!! I have never heard nor have I seen this fruit before ….where can i find it…is it sold in supermarkets?

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