Hello there, I am Agbalumo
But my name most times varies
To some in Nigeria I’m Otien or Udara
While some of you call me Cherry
But Cherry is actually my distant cousin
She is sweet and bright as a flame
and lives in the western countries
African star apple is my English name
I’m not sure whose idea this was
But it makes sense if you consider it
I am a star, a celebrity with applause
Known far, wide and loved by many
By young and old ones alike,
The rich and poor adore me
I may be small but I am mighty
I’ve conquered nations of hunger and yearning
You strip my seed of its off-white clothing
Sucking my nice milky juice afresh
Savoring the sour sweetness therein
And the tangy taste of my red flesh.
I am very friendly to be honest
I am amiable to your taste buds
And importantly to your pockets
If you agree, give a little nod.
Children love me all the more
Getting creative with my remains
They turn my chewy flesh into gum
Cracking my seed to sometimes adorn.
But I’m not all beauty with no brains
I contain some very rich vitamins
Minerals and all with healthy gain
A, C, Fiber, Calcium you name it.
Like all stars you know, I go on tours
Mine last not more than four months
I know you look forward to
My brief yearly visits.
I’m around again but will be gone soon
So do come around, don’t be shy
No need to look far as I am in bloom
Whenever you spot me, do say hi.
That’s not why it’s called ‘star’ o. It’s called that ’cause of the way the seeds are arranged like a star.
God is good. 🙂