I remember while growing up, we were usually surrounded by lots of trees. Each compound usually had different types of trees planted. As as sport after school hours, when the fruit ripens on the trees, my friends and i would climb these trees to pluck the fruits. We read lots of Adventure books back in the day so it was quite easy for us to fit into imaginary scenarios concocted in our heads.
One of the easiest trees to climb back then was the mountain apple tree botanically known as Syzygium malaccense. It goes by different names such as ; rose apple fruit, Otaheite cashew and pommerac. The first sign that harvest is near is when the lightly fragrant flowers bloom and sprout all over the place. They transform the ground underneath the tree into a beautiful pink carpet. The fruits were easily reached because the trees don’t grow too high and the fruits look like clusters of red or pink light bulbs when ripe.
– It can be pickled and served with grilled fish or meat. – The over ripened fruits can be made into a syrupy sweet wine.
– When cooked with fresh ginger, lemon juice, cinnamon and then smoothly processed in a blender, they make a delicious mountain applesauce.
– It can be juiced, made into a smoothie or added to a fruit salad.