Thursday, April 15

Soon Vietnam Will Ship Fresh Star Apples To the U.S.

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Ripe star apples, also known as chrysophyllum cainito or caimito.

If approved, star apples will be the fifth Vietnamese fruit to be exported to the United States, along with other fruits, like dragon fruit, rambutan, litchi and longan that’s already widely available.

According to Vietnam News, star apples from Vietnam will be shipped to the United States by end of 2016. “The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) may allow the import of star apples from Vietnam,” Vietnam’s Commercial Counselor in the United States Dao Tran Nhan said.

chrysophyllum-cainitoThe star apple, also known as chrysophyllum cainito or caimito, is an exotic fruit with a tough, inedible skin that ranges in color from green to purple, depending on the stage of ripeness.

According to the proposal from the Vietnam National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed a pest risk analysis that was published in the July 19 federal register.

Vietnamese star apples could be safely imported into the continental United States if they met several safety conditions.

The fruit is required to be treated with APHIS approved and regulation treatments to address pest risks. The commercial consignments must also be accompanied by an export certificate, issued by APHIS’ counterpart in Vietnam, with a declaration that the fruit was prepared for export in accordance with the import requirements.

StarApple2The shipments will also be subject to inspection upon arrival at the port of entry into the continental United States.

Pending the results of a 60-day public comment period, APHIS is likely to formally approve the imports. The comment period will end on September 19, 2016.

“If approved, star apples will be the fifth Vietnamese fruit to be exported to the United States, the others being dragon fruit, rambutan, litchi and longan,” said VNS.

Health benefits of star apples

According to experts, star apples serve as a good source of calcium, with each serving providing you with 10 percent of the amount you require each day. The calcium lends strength to your bones and teeth, and it may also lessen symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, such as cramping and abdominal bloating. This fruit also contains 5 percent of the daily recommended value per serving of vitamin C and vitamin A. Additionally; one serving of star apples serves up 2 percent of the iron, a mineral vital for oxygenating your body, that you need every day.

Eating a serving of star apple contributes 3 g of fiber to the recommended daily intake of 25 to 38 g. Fiber provides bulk to your diet, a factor that can make your stomach feel fuller for longer. This can keep you from eating too much, and it may help you lose weight. This nutrient can also help protect you from diabetes and some forms of cancer.

Star apple is one of the very low calorie exotic fruits. 100 g fruit just provides 31 calories, which is much lower than any other popular tropical fruits. Nonetheless, it has an impressive list of essential nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins required for well-being.