Fruit is round and yellow with a very thick skin and segments inside
which are very tasty. Comes from South East Asia, and is called
the "Lolly Fruit" because you have to suck it to get the
flavour, as the flesh sticks to the seed. Watch Digby on the video
below showing you how to eat a Santol:
Wide range of soil
types provided drainage is good
humid areas - can grow in most parts of the tropics and subtropics.
Can survive light frosts.
Timber is quite
weak, so even adult trees require protection from wind. However
even a broken stump will reshoot readily. Good shade trees.
Several grafted varieties are available, but they are probably
in mid summer and are picked when fully coloured on the tree.
Taste test to determine preferred level of ripeness and acidity.
Prune only after harvest as flowers grow on terminal shoots.
Length of time
until first crop
to five years.
too acid and too difficult to extract flesh for high market
value. Keeps well under refrigeration and whole fruit transport
with little damage. Low flesh to waste ratio.
Good fun as the "acid drop" fruit but can also be used
in drinks, preserves and jams.
Case of the Deadly
Santol Seeds A newstory from the Phillippines about a woman who swallowed
Santol seeds. If you have eaten Santol you will know how hard it
is to get the flesh off the seeds! She thought she had the solution.