This kind of fruit is called “jambu” in Indonesian. I decided to write about this because of a simple fact that I didn’t know the English word for it. After researching online I found out that in English, it is called ‘rose apples’ or ‘plum rose’. Rose apples are not apples and the name ‘rose’ is due to the rosy scent of the flesh.
The source in the internet says that the rose apples originate from the East Indies and Malaya (a.k.a. Indonesia and Malaysia), and was introduced to Jamaica in 1762. They were first planted in Florida before 1876 and then later on in California.
The fruit can be greenish of pinkish depending on the type. It has a very smooth and thin skin and firm flesh that is sweet (sometimes sour) and rose scented. The texture is crips and almost crunchy. Because it is watery and juicy, rose apples are very refreshing to eat in the heat.
You can hardly find any rose apples in supermarkets, only in traditional markets or street vendors selling fruits.
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