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Rose apple; Malabar plum

For those who asked for a picture of the fruit of the rose apple [Syzygium jambos], here's a link.


They are about the size of ping-pong balls with single seeds. Seeds are about the size of green peas, but the cavity is a bit larger, so the seed rattles around [freestone]. The flesh is white and somewhat crisp; the skin is a bit tough like a machine-harvested tomato. The flavor is pleasant--sweet, but not overly so; mild, with a hint of rose water; and moist, but not juicy. The flavor reminded me of some lipstick I've tasted. A friend in India [in Mysore] says it's a very popular fruit there and one of his favorites.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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