Friday, 25 January 2013

Pond Apple (Annona glabra)

The Pond Apple is native to Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America and West Africa.

The Pond Apple tree often grows in clumps and has an irregularly-shaped crown. It has thin, grey trunks and grows to a height of about 12m. This tree can adapt well in swampy areas and is tolerant to salt water. The leaves are ovate to oblong in shape and have a distinct narrow tip at the end. 

The spherical fruit is is shaped like an apple though larger at about 7 to 15cm long. It falls from the tree when it is green or ripening yellow. It can float in water. The pond apple tastes slightly sweet though it is not as popular as related fruits such as the Soursop. The pond apple can be made into jam and jellies.

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