Kenitu (Chrysophyllum cainito) is the name of a kind of fruit of the sawo tribe (Sapotaceae). This fruit is also known by the name of sawo apple, sawo ijo or apple ijo (Jw.), Sawo hejo (Sd), sawo kadu (Banten), and kenitu or manécu (East Java), cainito (Filipino), caimito and star apple ( English), sataa appoen (Thailand) and sawu duren and pepulut (Malaysia).
This fruit was originally from the lowlands of Central America and the West Indies. In Southeast Asia, it is widely grown in the Philippines, Thailand and southern Indochina.
This fruit is generally consumed as fresh fruit, although it can also be used as raw material for ice cream or sherbet (sherbet). The tree produces fruit after 5-6 years, and usually the peak season of the fruit in Java occurs during the dry season.
Many parts of the tree are nutritious medicine; Eg wood bark, sap, fruit and seeds. Decoction leaves used to cure diabetes and rheumatism. Fruit Kenitu also efficacious for diseases associated with free radicals because they contain natural antioxidants. From the tree bark produced strong medicine and cough medicine.
Antioxidant compounds do have an important role in health because it can capture free radicals. Antioxidant compounds from plants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, phenol acids, polyphenols, flavonoids, and carotenoids are known to potentially reduce the risk of degenerative diseases and chronic diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease.
Thus, if we need high natural antioxidants, do not need expensive looking for imported fruits. If you want to give souvenirs typical of the local, do not need to confused-confused to find the market. Enough picking kenitu, precious fruit around us are often underestimated.