Rose apple, properties and benefits

La melarosa, also known as Thai apple or Java apple, is a fruit rich in phenols and anthocyanins. Known for its antioxidant properties, it is useful against sore throats and is of support for the heart. Let's find out better.

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Rose apple, properties and benefits


Description of the fruit

With the increase in the foreign population in the country and the consequent opening of commercial establishments for the sale of ethnic and exotic foods, especially in large cities, we are increasingly able to find among the stalls types of vegetables that would otherwise be true. and their own rarities.

Così non è più difficile imbattersi nella melarosa, chiamata talvolta in del paese thai apple or java apple. In reality it has a more peripheral aspect, similar to a bell because of the concave opening in the lower part of the fruit, which on balance looks a lot like a pepper.

Melarosa is the generic name for the fruits of various plants of the genus Syzygium, especially the samarengense, the malanccense, the jambos, and the aqueum, related to the clove.

Once mature it has a shiny appearance and a rosy red color with green veins or creamy white, more or less intense depending on the variety. The pulp has more or less the consistency of watermelon pulp: crunchy but rich in water. The flavor is not very intense, sweet with a slight aroma and a barely perceptible hint of sour.


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Throat, heart, treatments to restore health or prevent ailments.


Calories, nutritional composition and properties of rose apple

Rose apple contains 40 kcal per 100 g. It is a very fruitful one rich in phenols, anthocyanins and numerous antioxidants, its consumption is in fact prescribed to combat inflammatory states (especially of the throat) and to lower blood pressure.

Popular tradition also attributes it diuretic, carminative, astringent, antimicrobial, antiscorbutic properties. The major nutritional principles contained only ascorbic acid, carotene, potassium.

Recent studies have shown theefficacy of rose apple in fighting diarrhea and some diseases through their antibiotic capabilities given by particular tannins and go phytosterols.


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Rose apple, properties and benefits


Contraindications of rose apple

No particular contraindications. It is only advisable to pay attention to any semi, which in some varieties can be quite leathery, and to ascertain when possible the origin and cultivation methods of the plant before eating the peel: although it is an edible and also quite good part of the fruit, any pesticides and pesticides used may concentrate on it to protect the fruit.



  • Rose apple is native to Malaysia and Indonesia but it is currently cultivated, traded and consumed also in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China, Taiwan, but also (since 1793 thanks to William Blight) the Caribbean, states of Central America.
  • Often it happens to get confused in referring to the fruit due to its numerous names: wax apple (which refers to the cerulean lucidity of the peel), rose apple (due to the similarity with rosebuds), bell fruit (due to the shape a campana), Java apple or Thai apple or Malaysian apple (referring to the areas of origin) or with numerous local names: champho, jambu, makopa, etc. Authoritative texts and the townspeople define it as "honeydew".


How to eat rose apple

The fruit of the rose apple comes sold in ethnic shops generally sealed inside the trays and protected from impact with fruit and vegetable packaging. Normally each tray contains two fruits.

As anticipated, the peel, like any other part of the fruit, is edible, it is generally sufficient to open it by cutting it lengthwise, extract the seeds and consume it fresh.

However it is possible to make extracts, jams and sorbets. It is sometimes eaten raw with a sprinkle of salt, a drizzle of soy sauce, or an addition of brown sugar. Children are very fond of rose apple cooked in sugar syrup.


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