The kaimito is a round, purple-skinned fruit of the tree having the scientific name Chrysophyllum cainito. It belongs to the family Sapotaceae and is native to Central America and the West Indies. This fruit was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period.

Photograph of Kaimito Fruit

Filipinos usually translate its name into English as star apple. Its other names in English are cainito, caimito, abiaba, pomme du lait, estrella, milk fruit and aguay.

The plant is sometimes called golden leaf tree; its genus name is Chrysophyllum, which is Greek for “golden leaf.” The flesh of the kaimito is white.

Kaimito flesh

In traditional Tagalog orthography, it can be spelled kaymito. The spelling caimito is Spanish.