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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Rollinia - 'Rollinia deliciosa' - fam: Annonaceae

Rollinia deliciosa is a species of flowering plant in the Custard Apple family, Annonaceae, that is native to tropical South America. It is cultivated for its edible fruits, commonly known as Biriba, or Wild Sugar Apple, throughout the world's tropics and subtropics. 1

The fruit is large, conical or round, green when unripe, ripening to yellow. Its surface is covered with soft spines, or protuberances, which bruise and blacken with handling, giving it an unappealing appearance. This delicacy, together with a shelf life of less than a week has limited its commercial cultivation. However, it is an increasingly popular tree for homestead cultivation in tropical areas. The fruit pulp is very soft and sweet, tasting somewhat like a lemon meringue pie. Some reports of the flavour are extremely favourable, others more moderate. 1

The fruit appears to be only eaten fresh, or scooped out and/or blended with ice cream. Attempts at drying the flesh resulted in an extremely bitter flavour dominating. 2

Daley's Fruit Tree Nursery describe it as a "... taste sensation with the fruit tasting of creamy lemon sherbet and lemon meringue pie" 3.

Members of this family Annonaceae, include the Cherimoya, the Atemoya, and the Soursop. 4

REFERENCES: Wikipedia 1 Australian Tropical Foods 2 Daley's Fruit Tree Nursery 3 Fruits 4


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