A mountain apple has a tender, white fleshy fruit that has a similar texture to a pear but is less sweet than an apple. It’s delicious!
Syzygium malaccense is a species of flowering tree that were carried and introduced deliberately across the Pacific as canoe plants. The mountain apple is an edible fruit that can be consumed when raw and ripe. In Puerto Rico, the “Malay apple” is used to make wines while in Hawai’i, the fruits are consumed the same way a Pacific Northwestern apple is eaten. Indonesians consume the chilled flowers of the tree in salads and in Guyana, the skin of the mountain apple is cooked down to make a syrup. It is all very delicious and the tree leaves themselves fade from a dark green color to red and pink, making for a beautiful addition to any space.
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