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Rose apples

June 20, 2011

No, I am not talking about Pacific Rose apples. I’m talking about rose apples. Despite also being called wax apple, water apple, and mountain apple, this fruit’s taste and texture are not even close to that of an apple. In fact, I would say that it is more similar to that of an Asian pear, except more watery and the flesh more loose. Other names for this fruit are wax jambu and bell fruit.

However, other than in Hawaii, I’ve never seen this fruit, even in China. These are tropical fruits that are grown in mainly Southeast Asia, since they mainly flourish in tropical regions. Their nutritional value is quite similar to a pear as well, with 26 calories, 4.5g carbs, 1.9g fiber, 0.7g protein, and .2g fat in 100g of fruit, which is about the size of one fully ripened fruit. It also packs about 10% Vitamin C, 1% of calcium, and 2% of iron in the same serving size. Not bad for 26 units of energy!

I noticed that the fruits that were more red and brighter were sweeter than the duller colored ones, but all of them were pretty tasty. I like how this fruit makes not as much of a mess, mainly because there is less sugar in them, and that one can eat the entire thing except the stem, including the core, without worries. In other words, good stuff for your kids.

Dai Dai

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