My sweet Jumbos tree

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I spotted a Eugenia Jumbos tree near Eco Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens. The floor are lying full of ripen fruits. It looks like a dropping bell at a glance.

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Eugenia Jumbos has many common names; water apple, Malay apple and rose apple etc.

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Eugenia Jumbos is native to Southeast Asia but naturalized in India.

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The flesh is crunchy and watery, and the taste is sweet and fragrant. Some time you can find it in the Rojak food. Rojak is a kind of an Asia food that mixes with different kind of fruits, and stir with prawn paste and peanuts topping.

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So next time if you happen to see this rosy cheek along the roadside, please greet him with a hello, because he is so shy that needs somebody to be more initiative than him.

Hello, my sweet Jumbos tree!

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50 thoughts on “My sweet Jumbos tree

    Charron's Chatter said:
    March 18, 2013 at 12:32 am

    yum! I can practically taste them! Great photography, Sydney! And you know I love the story…:) Happy Saint Pat’s, m’dear. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Do you have this kind of fruit in your country? I’m just curious…

        Charron's Chatter said:
        March 18, 2013 at 1:05 am

        we do not. I am thinking it might be similar in taste to a crabapple–a tart crunchy fruit with firmer flesh. (like a mini sour apple, really)

        Do you guys have those over there? )And I just bet those little Jumbos are tasty with prawns!)

        Sydney Fong responded:
        March 18, 2013 at 1:16 am

        Yes, we do grow in Southeast Asia, you are so smart my lady!
        Some they mixed salad with prawn! The taste is just awesome! 🙂

    chris13jkt said:
    March 18, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Hmm jumbo, in my country it is called jambu. Different writings but similar in pronounciation 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 1:18 am

      Yes, we call jumbu too! The original name is jumbos, but who care! As long everybody know what is that!

    sarahlouisek said:
    March 18, 2013 at 1:21 am

    It looks wonderfully juicy.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 1:39 am

      Yes, it is juicy and the taste has it own character! 🙂

    Jueseppi B. said:
    March 18, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Never heard of Eugenia Jumbos. Thank you Mr. Sydney, I will search to find this fruit, to taste the watery sweetness.

    Cauldrons and Cupcakes said:
    March 18, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Such beautiful pictures, Sydney! They remind me a little of Australia’s Lillipilli trees. 😀 xx

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      myfoodandflowers has more information about that! Go check it out if you are more keen!
      Thanks for reading and one jumbos/ jumbu for you!

    mydailyminefield said:
    March 18, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Never seen anything like this. They are so delicate and beautiful. There are so many different things in this world of which I know nothing.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Don’t say that, we have our limit of knowledge! With an open eye and a heart like you is good enough! 🙂

    Jenn said:
    March 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Hungry now 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Take what ever you want! 🙂

    myfoodandflowers said:
    March 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I think you meant Syzygium samarangense (syn. Eugenia javanica).

    Its English common names include Champoo (a transliteration of the Thai name), lembu (from the native Taiwanese name), wax apple, love apple, java apple, royal apple, bell fruit (or bellfruit), Jamaican apple, water apple, mountain apple, cloud apple, wax jambu, and rose apple. It is commonly known as makopa in the Philippines.

    In Taiwan, it is very common fruit. There are many good cultivartions which fruit bigger and sweeter.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      I got the information from the information board!
      Wow! Thanks for sharing this beneficial knowledge with us! 🙂

    ryan said:
    March 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Jambu…
    it’s been so long for me to tasted it again… love Jambu coz it’s watery and sweet.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Yes, yes! And it is very juicy too! I still got one in the fridge waiting for me! 🙂

        ryan said:
        March 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm

        huaa…
        where can i find it at this hour… 😦

        Sydney Fong responded:
        March 18, 2013 at 11:39 pm

        Left one in the fridge, I can send you by DHL! Haha! 🙂

        ryan said:
        March 19, 2013 at 8:35 am

        ok… i’ll wait then 😀

        Sydney Fong responded:
        March 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        DHL stand for deliver halfway lost! 😯

        ryan said:
        March 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        huaaaa 😥

    Gretchen Del Rio said:
    March 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    How interesting. Beautiful fruits.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      You can considering put that in your art piece! A sweet object penned down by a sweet artist! 🙂

    carolynpageabc said:
    March 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    My goodness, Sydney… I haven’t ever seen these unusual fruit… So beautiful.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      It’s very popular in Southeast Asia and also can be salad ingredient! 🙂

    melanietoulouse said:
    March 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    You’re killin’ me, young man! 🙂 sooo yummy, I did eat a lot in Taiwan! 🙂 We don’t find them here, instead we do have dragon fruits from Vietnam! 🙂 Friendly greetings and have a great afternoon! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Yes, it’s very yummy! Do you want to make a guess, since you said I’m a young man! 🙂

        melanietoulouse said:
        March 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

        around 30…? 😉

        Sydney Fong responded:
        March 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm

        +20 will be the correct answer… 🙂

        melanietoulouse said:
        March 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        OMG, I’m stunned! 🙂 You do look around 30 in your avatar, I’m serious… Do you know that in the US it’s really rude to ask people’s age?… Hopefully after 5 years there, we returned to France, “old Europe”! 🙂 Guess my age, please: no botox, no facelift, no silicon anywhere, brrr! 🙂

        Sydney Fong responded:
        March 19, 2013 at 10:54 pm

        And no Photoshop…
        Let me make a few guesses 28 :mrgreen:? , or 38 :lol:? and early 50 ;)?

        melanietoulouse said:
        March 20, 2013 at 12:01 am

        Sorry, I’d forgotten the photoshop on my list! 🙂 I’m 57… with time and years which pass by, I’ve realized that being “pretty” is NOT a question of age you have on your birth certificate, I think that is THE real nuance or difference… 🙂
        Long story, short: I have NO problem with my age, I’m healthy, I love and I am and loved… The rest will always follow! 🙂
        It might sound like a 2 euro-philosophy, but it’s mine and I completely assume it! 🙂

        Sydney Fong responded:
        March 20, 2013 at 12:14 am

        I have nothing to hide about my age too! It’s just a figure to me! I don’t feel rude about people asking the age.
        In fact, to me it reflects a frank character! Nothing to be shame of!
        Not only USA, oriental mentality also trying to avoid asking the age… 😥
        But I’m fine, is a compliment to me at this age still look like…gege…! 🙂

    Indira said:
    March 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    They look so juicy and yummy. I have seen white type. Are they sweet. Beautiful photographs.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Yes, it is sweet and juicy, texture like starfruit! 🙂

    CK said:
    March 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I like to eat jumbos, especially the Taiwan one, so yummy! hehehe

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Have you ever try to go with black sauce? Is quite nice too! 😉

        CK said:
        March 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        Yes yes, we will make our own sauce by mixing belacan, prawn paste, chili and sugar. 😀

        Sydney Fong responded:
        March 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

        Ayo, so complicated one! 😦

    bluebrightly said:
    March 21, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Thank you for this lovely post, and look at all the great comments! I didn’t know about this fruit either, and I can imagine how good it would be with shrimp…and what an attractive tree when the fruit is still on it!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      This fruit is very famous in Southeast Asia.
      Is a good idea to go with shrimp and salad!
      Thanks for the reading! 🙂

    evilnymphstuff said:
    March 21, 2013 at 3:18 am

    A beautiful tree! And oh these fruits are so delicious! We have it here as well 🙂 So refreshing!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Yes, please leave one for me! Don’t gobble all up! 🙂

    renxkyoko said:
    March 24, 2013 at 4:36 am

    We used to have that at our backyard in the Philippines. We call that MACOPA. It’s crunchy, and hallowerd inside with several small black seeds.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Yes, yes! Can find this fruit in Philippines too!
      It’s very crunchy and juicy! You can try to dip with black sauce, the taste is fantastic! 🙂

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