Rose-apples, raw

Fun Facts

  1. Rose apples, although the name might mislead you, are not related to roses or apples. In fact, rose apples are most closely related to guava, and although there are multiple species, the most commonly eaten variety has the scientific name Syzygium jambos.
  2. The plant is a shrub or a small tree that is actually native to Southeast Asia, but it was spread throughout the world as an ornamental plant. However, it is now considered an invasive species, as it can grow and propagate very quickly, overtaking local flora.
  3. It looks very similar to a guava, and is often mistaken as such, but it has a very different texture, flavor, and odor and also only has one or two large, unarmored seeds in an open, central cavity.
  4. Rose apples are rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin A, calcium, thiamin, niacin, iron, sulfur, and potassium. In terms of organic compounds, rose apples contain jambosine, betulinic acid, and friedelolactone.

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