Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Malay Apple tree is bearing fruit

Jambu Bol or Malay Apple
Syzgium malaccense

The Malay Apple tree - Syzgium malaccense
Family : Myrtaceae
Location : Zone C

The Jambu Bol or Malay Apple tree is bearing fruit for the first time.  It is still a small tree since it was planted about 5 years ago.  The Malay Apple tree is native to Sarawak,  a common tree in the the 60's and 70's that could  be easily seen in kampungs or villages near to towns.  But with the eradication of  kampungs closer to town, it is quite difficult to see them now.  I am fortunate because I have attempted to try planting a few of them at the park for posterity purposes.  The Jambu Bol has many varieties, some are whitish and long, others are oval and pale green and the one planted at the park is the variety with rounded fruit in a mixture of red and white colours on its skin.  It is one of the favourite fruits chosen by Malay women to make the local mixed fruit salad called 'Rojak'.  It is generally sweet in taste.  The tree can be used as ornamental tree and it provides generous shade.

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