Carao Fruit is a member of the Carob family. Its tree is distinguished from others of its kind by clusters of pink flowers and large tabular, leathery pods about 50 centimetres long with a wrinkled appearance.
Carao fruit has a strong and unusual aroma and sweet flavour, which some people do not like, but which most people can easily tolerate and which many grow to enjoy.
For centuries, carao fruit has been known in Costa Rica and other Central American countries as a natural, low-iron remedy or therapy for low blood values (anaemia), but keep in mind that it is not an iron supplement. This fruit offers many health benefits.
Improving the health of the blood can have far reaching effects beyond that of just curing those who are anaemic. Healthy blood means improved immune system function. It not only supplies oxygen to your cells, help to get rid of waste, it also carries nutrients, controls your temperature, heals wounds and fights off infection.
Carao is considered a natural remedy for anaemia. Like most natural things, the effects come after constant use, which is estimated to be over a period of 1-2 months for best results.
Carao fruit is low in iron. This means it doesn’t produce the unpleasant side effects of iron such as constipation and indigestion. In spite of its health-giving properties, carao fruit is not a medicine, but rather a pure, whole, natural food that naturally builds the blood for long-lasting benefits and energy.
Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are under-consumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Vitamin C in carao is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
Eating a diet with plenty of fruits has been linked to improved health, and for good reason. Fruits (both fresh and frozen) are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, which have been shown to also protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.