February 27th, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica
This time of year, you can help to notice this red fruit appearing everywhere around town. This red fruit is called Water Apple (Wax Jambu or Rose Apple) and originates from Southeast Asia. The tree that bearers this fruit grows up to 12 meters and can produce up to 700 fruits! Most of these fruits are shaped like a pair and the shinny waxy skin ranges from white, pink and rose. The taste of this thirst-relieving fruit can be best described as tasting like a rose flavored apple. The liquid to flesh ratio is similar to a watermelon. You can pick them right from the tree and eat them raw but don’t them sit too long as they spoil within a few days. The fruit is regarded as a tonic for the brain and liver. An infusion of the fruit acts as a diuretic.