Recently we had a very short season of Rose apple in Kolkata...
Syzyygium jambos Alston
Synonyms: Eugenia jambos L. and Jambosa jambos Millsp.
It has an interesting small, which is best perceived when one bites into the fruit...
the seed rattles inside, and if one handles it roughly, the pale soft skin bruises easily and turns brown...
I brought some home, the first of the season got eaten rapidly, nobody would let me take pictures...
With the second set (next week) I could get some pictures and keep the seeds for my experiments...
Here's the result in pictures...
There is imperceptible ridges on the outer skin.. size is variable from the same tree ( my vendor's own)
The fruit is hollow, thin wall...
seeds have brown skin, usually one seed with a few embroys inside ( see later)
one seed had two skin coated halves, one of which was very eager, and had started sprouting already...
Many years ago I had searched for the rose apple on the net and found Julia Morton's
the most complete, on reviewing these few lines intriguing and worth repeating...
" Fruit :
, it was announced in Bengal that the
ripe fruits, with seeds removed, could be distilled 4 times to make a
"rosewater" equal to the best obtained from rose petals..
Medicinal Uses: In
India, the fruit is regarded as a tonic for the brain and liver. An infusion of
the fruit acts as a diuretic.
A sweetened preparation of the flowers is believed to reduce fever. The
seeds are employed against diarrhea, dysentery and catarrh."
.... end quote. This whole essay can be seen at URL: