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Wax Jambu
(Syzygium samarangense)

Wax Jambu - Exotic Tropical Fruit - Cape Tribulation

 

Fruit are pear-shaped and have a thin pink skin, with crisp white flesh, which is slightly aromatic. Comes from the Andaman Islands.

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. Frost and wind sensitive.

Culture

Light feeding frequently. Dense evergreen shade trees.
Harvesting Late summer into autumn. Fruit are picked when fully coloured and ripe on the tree. Can be bagged to protect them from birds and insects but the low commercial value makes this not worthwhile.
Length of time
until first crop
Three years.
Marketing Notes Can be stored in airtight containers under refrigeration, but fruit are easily marked and flavour is not strong enough to attract consumers a second time.

 

Food Preparation

Usually eaten fresh but the fruit also make good table decoration! Crisp texture but watery, slightly acid flavour can be enhanced by the addition of a little salt.

 

 

 

Further information

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

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