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!
Here are two great recipes I make using the carao fruit:
by Carao Fruit.