Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
Nigeria has now been blessed with a unique and an amazing tropical apple variety called ‘Bell Apple’.
Although bell apple is still relatively new to in the country as most people are only familiar with apples imported from South Africa, Europe called Temperate/Mediterranean apples.
An Agronomist, Akinyemi Oluwagbenga who pioneered, Bell Apple Farming in Nigeria said bell apple is another apple variety, which grows quite well in the humid tropical climate as we have in parts of Nigeria.
He said basically, bell apple is bigger in size, much more attractive, with a higher juice content, a unique aroma and shape, sweet and sour in taste.
According to him, it is highly nutritious and medicinal in nature as established in the annals of scientific researches as contained in the Scientific World Journal, Health Sciences Journal and Food Chemistry.
He said in Nigeria, it is presently sold locally in states like Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross rivers, Delta, Edo, Lagos amongst others.
Akinyemi explained that the ripe bell apples are eaten raw while slightly unripe ones are used for making jelly and pickles.
He said it can also be used to create sweet jams and preserves.
Akinyemi stated that red and white wines are made from Bell apples and other valuable products such as juice, cider, dried apple snack, chutney etc.
He said, “Bell apples have compounds with antidiabetic potential. It is a strong antihyperglycaemic properties. It is has high antioxidants and polyphenols known to combat inflammation. It has xanthine oxidase inhibitors, which may assist in the prevention of cataract formation.”
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