Chesa is a fruit with many names: canistel, egg fruit, and tiesa among others. This fruit is believed to have come from the southern parts of Mexico where the Mayans and the Aztecs enjoyed the fruit around 800 BC. Today, this fruit is abundant in Central America, including in Nicaragua, Panama, and Costa Rica. It is also popular in the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico among others. In some countries, it is cultivated for the fruit, particularly in Taiwan, Brazil, and Philippines.

Meet the Egg Fruit
Chesa is so good you can love and go cheesy over it. Dig it? / PicHelp

While there are some people who enjoy chesa, most are not huge fans of the fruit, which is why it is not so famous. If you haven’t tried one, the taste will remind you of a mashed sweet potato, but it is not as palatable as other fruits. Perhaps the one to blame for this is the consistency of the fruit. However, it is actually delectable, especially when added to milky foods. Aside from the sweet taste, the chesa fruit contains many health benefits:

1) Beta-Carotene

Just like the other orange-colored fruits, the tiesa or chesa is high in beta-carotene, which is an essential nutrient for the eyes. It is also good for the hair as it aids in improving hair shine and even volume. As a carotenoid, beta-carotene also provides health advantages, especially for those who are at a high risk of getting cancer. This fruit can also protect you against macular degeneration and other degenerative diseases, depression, high blood pressure, and headaches.

2) Iron

The fruit is also good for those who are anemic. If you are not getting enough iron, you should find other sources that are rich in the mineral. One of these sources is chesa, which is a fruit that can help you with your blood health. Chesa’s iron can facilitate how the oxygen flows throughout the body, so that proper circulation is achieved. Iron is also essential in having goof memory, strength and stamina, and energy level stability.

3) Antioxidants

The fruit also has polyphenolic antioxidants, which are good for the body. Polyphenols are widely available in plant foods and have become the subject of many studies. This is because experts were and are still curious about how polyphenols provide aid in fighting diseases, including fatal ones, such as cancers and heart diseases.

The chesa fruit may not be like the other fruits you have tasted. It is not juicy and crisp like the popular fruits. However, it is rich in nutrients that can convince you to take a bite.