Mabolo is a medium-sized tree growing. Leaves are leathery, oblong with a round base and acute tip. Velvet Apple is native to the Philippines with its tree known as Kamagong or Mabolo. The mature leaves of velvet apple tree are dark green, the newer ones are pale green with silky hair. The fruit often grow in pairs of threes on opposite sides of a branch. The Velvet apple fruit has a thin, brownish-maroon skin coated with golden-brown hair.
The skin gives off a strong, unpleasant cheesy odor, but once it is removed, the fruit is quite odor free and has a distinct, sweetish flavor. The seedless variety of velvet apple is easily distinguished from the seedy ones as they are flatter.
Roots and leaves.
Edibility / Nutrition
– Fruit is edible, the tannin content declining as it ripens.
– A good source of vitamins A, C, and minerals.
– Studies show the fruit has good nutritive value and suggest use for making cakes and tarts.
– Bark and leaves used for itchy skin ailments.
– Decoction of bark for coughs.
– Bark used for fevers, dysentery and diarrhea.
– In Southeast Asia, juice of unripe fruit used for wounds.
– Oil from seeds used for diarrhea and dysentery.
– Infusion of fruit used as gargle in aphthous stomatitis.
– In Bangladesh, juice of bark and leave used for snakebites.
– The Kavirajes of Balidha village in Jessore, Bangladesh, use seeds as aphrodisiac.
– Bark and leaves used as eyewash.
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