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Malay Roseapple
(Syzygium malaccense)
Roseapple - Exotic Tropical Fruit - Cape Tribulation

A pear-shaped fruit with thin pink skin, a rose scented aroma and a pleasant taste. Comes from Malaysia.Just cut the fruit in half and eat like an apple, skin and all!

Soil
Characteristics
Wide range of soil types provided drainage is good
Climate Requirements Warm humid areas - can grow in most parts of the tropics and subtropics. Intolerant of frost.

Culture

Many forms available, so taste test before buying a tree. Good shade and visual barrier but fragile timber to wind.
Harvesting Pick fruit when full coloured, as they do not ripen off the tree. Birds and fruit fly also enjoy this fruit.
Length of time
until first crop
Five years. Grow from seed acquired from a good tasting source tree.
Marketing Notes Good eating fruit, can be kept under refrigeration in airtight containers with little loss. Too soft to transport easily.

 

Food Preparation

The Roseapple is best eaten fresh. When it is ripe it gives a delicate rose fragrance, which can also be tasted. The flesh is crisp and firm and discolours on exposure to air.

Our attempts to make roseapple jelly have not been successful as the delicate flavour is lost in the processing.

Further information

Purdue University - Centre for New Crops and Plants - Malay Apple
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.

Californian Rare Fruit Growers: Fruit Facts - Roseapple
This page describes the plant in detail and how to grow it.

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Last updated December 19, 2013