Bush Pear is a local fruit with a bluish-purple skin and a pale to rich green flesh when it’s ripe. it’s from West African and popularly called Ube in South East Nigeria.
Its fruit, which can be eaten either raw, cooked in salt water or roasted. Cooked flesh of the fruit has a texture like butter.
It’s in season from Mid-June to the end of August. During this time, its fresh, it’s surplus with low price
Among its many nutrients are carbohydrate, sugar, fibre, vitamins such as thiamine, pantothenate, folate, vitamin C and B6, niacin and riboflavin. It also contains antioxidants and minerals.
Bush Pear just like avocado has amazing health benefits people can enjoy to stay healthy.
BENEFITS OF BUSH PEAR (Ube)
- PREVENTS CONSTIPATION
This fruit is rich in fiber and helps prevent constipation and also ensures regularity of bowel movement. It adds bulk to the stool which makes the process of passing stool easier.
Soluble fiber content on bush pear is a good property that gives it the ability to reduce constipation, aid to a normal bowel movement.
This fiber contains pectin, cellulose, and lignin that resist the action of the digestive enzyme. Pectin helps to control diarrhea and binds substance in the intestine.
- MAINTAINS BONES AND TEETH
Bush pear has a lot of antimicrobial properties. The antimicrobes keep bacteria that are responsible for mouth odour and tooth decay away. Its high concentration of calcium and phosphorus makes it a good supplement for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth.
- TREATS WOUNDS
The green paste of the pear is used by traditional doctors to treat open faced wounds. Ring worms, skin rashes, and other parasitic wounds are cured using Ube.
- BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM
Bush pear helps to improve immunity due to the presence of vitamin C which helps the immune system to resist certain diseases and also maintain healthy immunity.
Immune boosting property in African bush pear comes from vitamin C and essential minerals that act as antioxidants that helps to strengthen immunity and improve the infection-fighting ability of the immune systems.
Because Ube is rich in Vitamin C, it is also a strong antioxidant and a dietary supplement that can prevent scurvy and keep the skin glowing
- HELPS IN PROTUN SYNTHESIS
Pantothenate known as vitamin B5 is an essential nutrient found in bush pears which helps to synthesize protein, fats, and carbohydrates and as well contributes to the production of adrenal hormones and red blood cells.
- PROMOTES SKIN HEALTH
They are rich in oil which contains several nutrients in the green-colored part when the purple flesh is been peeled helps to treat some skin diseases such as ringworm, craw-craw, and related others.
The pulpy pericarp can be eaten raw or boiled and exhibits butter qualities, rich in minerals and oil according to nutritionists and are good for the skin.
- LOWERS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Bush pears have small clustered seeds enclosed by mesocarp which is also nutritious and helps to reduce blood pressure and risk of stroke.
It is advisable to be eating at least 5 portions of fruits per day including African pears or related due to its potassium contents that help to lower high blood pressure and prevent the risk of stroke
- PREVENTS CANCER
Regular consumption of this fruit helps to fight against cancer because of the presence of phytochemicals which is a micronutrient that fights against diseases in the human body.
- REDUCES THE RISK OF DIABETES
African pears are rich in vitamins and minerals that play important roles in controlling the blood sugar level.
Carbohydrate content in African pears has a low glycemic index (GI) and is slowly digested and metabolized in the sense that hinders the spiking of blood glucose levels which causes diabetes.
- REDUCE AGE – RELATED DISEASES
Studies have shown that regular consumption of this fruit slows the risk of macular degeneration in aged people.
The above statement is true for African pears because they exhibit strong antioxidants properties that help to prevent some age-related illness which causes poor vision.
- GOOD FOR PREGNANCY
You may be surprised to hear that African pear; called “Ube” in Igbo is a pregnancy super fruit. It contains natural folic acid which is very good in pregnancy supplements
The presence of folic acid in bush pears (African pears) helps to prevent deficiencies in the baby’s brain and spinal cord.
African pear (ube) is rich in sugars, carbohydrates, fiber, folate, pantothenate, and vitamins such as vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, the antioxidant vitamin (vitamin C) which helps to fight the free radicals in the body.