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Diospyros blancoi, Diospyros discolor, Velvet Apple, Mabolo

Diospyros blancoi, Diospyros discolor

Velvet Apple, Mabolo
Family: Ebenaceae
Origin: Philippines
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterEdibleUltra tropical, min. temperature 55F

Large tree to 50-100ft. The white waxy flowers have 4 petals and are 0.5 inches (1 cm) in diameter when fully open. Male and female flowers are produced on separate trees. Both flowers are necessary for pollination and fruit set. Fruiting generally occurs during summertime with fruits ripening from 2-4 months after flowering. Usually grown from seeds. Very beautiful dark red to purple colored fruit with velvet-like skin. Fruit is about the size of an apple, with mildly sweet flavored, somewhat mealy, flesh. Fruits are highly esteemed in some areas, but barely known in most parts of the world. Usually eaten fresh out of hand or used in salads and desserts.

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