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Santol (Sandoricum koetjape)

Santol - Exotic Tropical Fruit at Cape Tribulation

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:

 

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. Can survive light frosts.

Culture

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 even weaker!
Harvesting Fruits mature 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
Three to five years.
Marketing Notes Rather 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.

 

Food Preparation

Good fun as the "acid drop" fruit but can also be used in drinks, preserves and jams.

 

 

 

Further information

Purdue University - Centre for New Crops and Plants - Santol
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.

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.

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