Tag - A-Z Fruit Celebration

“X” is for Ximenia Fruit!

by Dr. Marli Botha Ximenia, also known as a sourplum (“suurpruim”), is a small tree or small shrub that is thinly branched. In particular, the sourplum is native to regions in South East Africa, mainly Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The fruit are generally sour with a dry aftertaste,...

“V” is for Vitamins!

by Dr. Marli Botha A vitamin is an organic molecule (or related set of molecules) that is an essential micronutrient that an organism needs in small quantities for the proper functioning of its metabolism. Essential nutrients cannot be synthesized in the organism, either at all or not in sufficient quantities, and therefore must be obtained...

“U” is for Ugli!

by Dr. Marli Botha The Ugli fruit also known as the Jamaican tangelo, is a citrus fruit that arose through the natural hybridization of a tangerine or orange with a grapefruit (or pomelo). The name being a variation of the word "ugly", which refers to the fruit's unsightly appearance, with rough, wrinkled, greenish-yellow rind, wrapped...