Wax Jambu

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Tree Description: The wax jambu is an excellent fruit known for its crisp texture, mild flavor and cooling effect on the body. The flavor is reminiscent of an apple, with a hint of rosewater. They are often used as a garnish in fruit salads, and eaten out of hand. The trees fruit prolifically in just one to two years, and the fruit is an excellent treat on hot summer days. Trees can easily be maintained at ten to twelve feet, with biannual pruning. Avg. Height x Width: 30' x 30'. Varieties: Red, Pink, White and Green. Season: Summer. Damage Temp: 28F.

Scientific Name: Syzygium javanicum

Common Name: Wax Jambu, rose apple

Family: Myrtaceae

Origin: South India to Eastern Malaysia

Distribution/History: The tree is indigenous from Malaya to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands where there are wild trees in the coastal forests. It was introduced into the Philippines in prehistoric times and is widely grown throughout those islands. It is common in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Taiwan, frequently cultivated in India and in Zanzibar and Pemba, but primarily as an ornamental, seldom for its fruits which are little valued. It was introduced into Jamaica before 1903 and also into Surinam and the islands of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire. A few trees have been grown in Israel but have borne sparsely.

Importance: Rose apple is highly rich in nutrients like protein, fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C. Its bark contains an alkaloid compound Jambosine, which has therapeutic properties against diabetes. Organic compounds like betulinic acid and friedelolactone are also present in it.