Can anyone tell me please, what is the name of this fruit? I saw this fruit tree at a roadside coffee shop in Ipoh. The cute, pretty fruit caught my eye! It looks like a miniature apple. The fruit is green when young, and change to red when ripen and then very dark maroon when mature. According to an Indian uncle who sells food at this coffee shop, this fruit can be eaten but he does not know its name, nobody does!
To prove that it can be eaten and is not poisonous, he ate one. He says that nobody likes the fruit as it is sour, he is the only one consuming it. Sometimes, he wife uses this fruit for cooking replacing the asam jawa. My sisters and myself tried this fruit, and find that it is quite nice with a sour taste but definitely not as sour as my belimbing! We cut off some stems, courtesy from the kind uncle, and took them home to try our luck at propagating these.
I did a search on the web, and found that it is called Acerola or Barbados Cherry. Do any of you have this plant? Is it Acerola Cherry? If it is, then the good news is, it is loaded with Vitamin C.
On the way back from Ipoh, at the Sg Buloh resthouse, we saw about five of these plants growing by the side of the road with some fruits! They are however much smaller that the one above. I guess that some of you probably know and familiar about this fruit plant. If you do, please enlighten me! Thank you!
Happy Gardening !