Malabar Plum

Common Name

Malabar Plum

Kingdom

Plantae

Division

Angiosperms

Class

Eudicots

Order

Myrtales

Family

Myrtaceae

Genus

Syzygium

Species

jambos

Native

Southeast Asia, East Indies and Malaya

Characteristics

Fruits are about 5 cm long with a whitish-green color, but color variations exist including red skinned fruits. The skin is thin and waxy.

Distribution

India, Ceylon and former Indochina and the Pacific Islands

Climate and weather

tropical and near-tropical climates only

Duration

 

Insect pests

Few insect problems. Aphids.

Diseases

Sometimes a sooty mold growing on honeydew excreted by aphids. Leaf spot. Anthracnose. Fusarium root rot

Harvesting

Pick by hand from the tree. Fruits should be used soon after picking because they spoil soon. Fruits ripen over an extended period of time

Uses

Eat the fruits fresh (the skin can be eaten too). Fruits are crisp with the taste (and smell) of rose water. Fruits are hollow, the core contains a small amount of inedible fluff

Symptoms

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