Thursday, March 9, 2017
The Rose Apple - 'Syzygium Malaccense' - fam: Myrtaceae
I got hooked on the wonderful crunchy, and refreshing, juicy fruit, when I lived in Thailand. There, they were called Chmphū̀ (ชมพู่). A native of Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, Vietnam, and Thailand. It is common in the markets of those countries, and most sought after.
The scientific genus, Syzygium Malaccense translates as Rose Apple, and sometimes is called various names, such as Otaheite Apple, in Jamaica, and Mountain Apple, Pommerac, from the French. Don't confuse it with a namesake, Syzygium Jambos, which is nothing like it, (I've got two trees growing in my yard), and the Syzygium Aqueum, a bell-shaped relative.
The fruit is red, shaped almost like a pear, or even oblong. It contains a fairly large seed which is normally removed as the fruit is prepared for eating. I can't think of another fruit like it, as it has white flesh, and an almost bland taste.
Well worth the price of admission.
REFERENCE: 1 - Wikipedia