Balata Fruit | Ausubo Fruit 101: Complete Information

Key Highlights

  • Balata fruit is rare.
  • The official nutrition profile of this fruit isnโ€™t established.
  • Balata leaf is believed to have medicinal properties.

Balata fruit.

Also known as ausubo fruit.

You may not know about this fruit because it is rare.

In this article, I will discuss this little known fruit.

Table of Contents

Overview of Balata Fruit or Ausubo Fruit

Ausubo fruit or balata fruit is a fruit of a balata tree.

It is native to South America, Central America and the Caribbean. [1]

This fruit is yellow and has one (occasionally two) seed(s).

Balata or ausubo fruit has a sweet and musky malty flavor. It has a grainy texture.

The edible part of this fruit is only about 43%. The rest of the ausubo fruit is inedible skin (34.8%) and seed (22.2%). [2]

The inside is white, soft, and juicy.

You can enjoy this fruit fresh or with milk. 

Other than fruit, balata leaves are believed to have medicinal properties. People use balata leaf to treat diarrhea, dysentery, and hemorrhage. [3]

Frequently Asked Questions

Some frequently asked questions and answers about balata or ausubo fruit:

What is a balata fruit?

Balata fruit is a rare fruit native to South America, Central America and the Caribbean. This fruit is yellow. Balata or ausubo fruit has a sweet and musky malty flavor. It has a grainy texture.

Is ausubo fruit edible?

Yes. Ausubo fruit is edible. The edible part of this fruit is only about 43%. The rest of the ausubo fruit isย  inedible skin (34.8%) and seed (22.2%).

What are the benefits of the balata fruit?

The official nutrition profile of balata fruit isnโ€™t established. For this reason, the health benefit is unknown. However, people use balata leaf to treat diarrhea, dysentery, and hemorrhage.

The Final Word

Balata fruit or ausubo fruit is very rare these days.

Its nutrition profile isn’t established.

For this reason, I can’t explain its health benefits and risks.

Once the nutritional profile is established, I will update this article.

By the way, have you heard or seen this fruit?

Let me know in the comment.

References

This article is written by a certified nutritionist and verified by scientific evidence.

Following are the references of this article.

  1. Wikipedia: Manilkara bidentata. Accessed 11 April 2022[]
  2. ResearchGate: Quality changes in balata (Manilkara bidentata) fruit as affected by modified atmosphere packaging during refrigerated storage. Accessed 11 April 2022[]
  3. TheFerns: Mimusops balata – Useful Tropical Plants. Accessed 11 April 2022[]
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About the Author

A. R. Choudhury, ARChoudhuryMSc,

A. R. Choudhury also known as Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelorโ€™s and Masterโ€™s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition, and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS. ๐Ÿ…

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals. ๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿฅ—

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