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Rollinia (Rollinia deliciosa)
Rollinia - Exotic Tropical Fruit - Cape Tribulation

Large yellow fruit with a bumpy surface and soft spines.Tastes delicious, and is described as a creamy lemon sherbet or a lemon meringue pie.Comes from the Amazon and is a member of the Custard Apple family.

Soil
Characteristics
Best growth on well drained sandy loam. Root rot and collar rot appears easily contracted when roots are exposed or damaged by soil movement or excessive tree vibration.
Climate Requirements Strictly tropical. Intolerant of cool temperatures. Temperatures as low as 3 C will kill young trees. High humidity is also necessary for effective pollination. Water stress causes premature ripening of fruit, so irrigation may be necessary during flowering, fruit set and early maturation. Trees are shallow rooted and are prone to wind damage.

Culture

Large spreading tree. Spacing at 8 meters usually necessary. Trees grow true to type from seed, although consistently high yielding varieties are available.
Harvesting Fruit are picked by cutting the stem as soon as the yellow colour develops. Fruit will continue to ripen off the tree but the shelf life is only a few days.
Length of time
until first crop
Trees can bear in 3 -4 years.
Marketing Notes Cooling the fruit after harvest will extend the shelf life by up to a week, but with significant loss of attractiveness, the skin going black, while the flesh inside remains palatable. Fruit are very soft and vulnerable to bruising. Their own weight often damaging the flesh when left resting on a hard surface.

 

Food Preparation

Fruit appear to be only eaten fresh, or scooped out and blended with icecream. Attempts at drying the flesh resulted in an extremely bitter flavour dominating.

 

Further information

Purdue University - Centre for New Crops and Plants - Biriba
This site is a chapter from a book written by Julia Morton. Gives a detailed description of the different varieties, climate, soil, season, pests and diseases and food uses. You can purchase this classic book Fruits of Warm Climates online from Amazon.

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Last updated December 19, 2013