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Carao Fruit

Carao, (pronounced car-AGO), fruit comes from a tropical forest tree.  The fruit is similar in many ways to carob, except that the carao tree only grows in Central America and Hawaii.  Carao is similar to both the carob fruit and to sugar cane molasses in its taste and its anti-anemic properties.
Studies have shown that the carao fruit can increase the hemoglobin protein count in red blood cells, primarily by increasing blood generation and/or iron absorption.  Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to body tissues.  Hemoglobin also is the molecule that remove carbon dioxide from the body by bringing CO2 back to the lungs where it can be exhaled.  Anemia occurs if you either don't have enough red blood cells or if you do not have enough hemoglobin in those red blood cells.  Thus, anything that would increase the hemoglobin count in red blood cells would help ward of anemia!

My dear husband brought back some carao fruit from El Salvador when he visited this summer.  Open up a package of carao fruit and you will be immediately hit with an overwhelming smell of bread yeast.  Don't ask me why the fruit smells like bread yeast, it just does!  Carao fruit is usually used to flavor milk, called leche con carao, and can be used in any number of recipes that call for milk.

Here are two great recipes I make using the carao fruit:


T and Tea Cake said...

Sounds like a mighty delicious, healthy and versatile fruit. Too bad I probably won't find it here but I sure am keeping my eyes open for them! Thanks for introducing me to carao fruits!

Take Care,

The Culinary Lens said...

I love seeing stuff like this. The internet is such a great place for learning new things and traveling to new places without leaving home.

Christine's Pantry said...

Love this. Learn something new. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information about carao. I enjoy carao refreshments even thoug it has a rare scent. However, the taste is different, I may say it is delicious when you drink it cold.

Anonymous said...

Hi I live in Canada, British Columbia to exact and it has been some 30 yrs since I left El pulgarcito. My question is simple , are there any store in the states that sells Carao and if can be shipt in Canada?

You see, my family is mix chinese and salvadorean and I want my little girl to taste the best drink I ever had back when I was a kid.

Joe Lemux



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