African Cherry Orange

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What is an African Cherry Orange?

The African cherry orange is a small citrus fruit about the size of a tangerine. These small fruits are known for their sweet taste, thin skin, and subtle hints of orange, cherry, and tangerine flavor.

Other names for the African Cherry Orange:

  • West African Cherry Orange
  • Uganda Cherry Orange
  • Omuboro
  • Citrus Articulata
  • Citropsis Articulata
  • citropsis schweinfurthi
African Cherry Orange
African Cherry Orange | Photo by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash

Key Takeaways:

  • Sweet fruit with a taste similar to tangerines, with hints of orange and cherry.
  • Native to West Africa but can be grown in any tropical climate, including the Southern United States.
  • The African Cherry-Orange shrub/tree roots are rumored to be a natural viagra alternative.


In African traditional herbal medicine, the roots of the African Cherry Orange tree are believed to improve a man’s sexual health. Supposedly, these roots have properties that can help improve sexual function and even treat impotence.

This tree is also thought to be a powerful aphrodisiac for men. So if you’re looking to spice up your life or want to feel more satisfied in bed, reach for an infusion of the ground root of the omuboro.

However, science has yet to prove the veracity of this belief.

Where They’re Grown:

African Cherry Oranges are native to Western Africa, specifically Uganda, Nigeria, Angola, the Congo, and Mozambique.

They’re harvested from a citrus shrub that can grow as tall as a small tree. The cluster of flowers of the fruit has four white petals.

Unfortunately, the African Cherry Orange is over-farmed and over-harvested. Therefore, conservation efforts are currently underway to help maintain the survival of this species.

Health Benefits & Nutritional Info:

One serving of African Cherry Oranges contains 5% of the daily recommended levels of Vitamin A and C and 2% of daily recommended iron. The phytochemicals in these oranges are believed to help protect against cell damage that could lead to cancer.

Rumored Health Benefits:

  • Prevents heart disease
  • Reduce the appearance of aging skin
  • Manage diabetes
  • Treat impotence

Where can I buy African Cherry Oranges?

If you live in Tropical West Africa, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding these fruits. Unfortunately, it’ll be hard to track these down in the United States. I’d suggest searching at your local Asian Market or asking around locally.

If you’d like to grow your own African Cherry Orange tree, you can buy seeds here.

Related Terms: African Bread Fruit

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