Tuesday, December 20, 2011


 Image:1 My Jambu tree in a corner of the house compound

 Image:2 The first sprig of flowers hidden among the leaves

Image:3 The young leaves purplish against the luscious green

 Image:4 The sour variety smaller in size not commercially sought after

 Image:5 The black diamond variety succulent and sweet

Image:6 The best way to enjoy jambu as shown above is with a dipper comprising soya sauce with cut onions, chilly and a dash of celery or mint. Yummy, my mouth just waters!

(Picture Source: I snapped Images #1 till 3 on Dec 10, 2011. Images #4 till 6 are from Google images)

Water Apples 

Jambu tree, at last
You finally spawned some buds
Some years of waiting

The toil and fond care
Over  zealous  manuring
Leaves greener than green

December arrived
Wondering what variety
Just eager to see!

The water apple ( Eugenia aquea) is variously known as jambu ayer (Malaysia)  djamboo wer (Indonesia ) tambis (Philippines) chom-phu-pa ( Thailand) and chambekka (Malayalam, India) This is indicative of its wide distribution in South East Asia.

It is succulent and crunchy, some varieties are sweet whilst some are sour. It is available all year round

Process Notes: Just over a week ago I noticed my Jambu tree had spawned its first flowers. I’ve nurtured and applied fertilizers regularly for the past couple of years. I had initially applied NPK but I realized it was not good for the soil. I later got treated organic manure and had positive results  The leaves came with a rich dark green and more luscious than before.This was the day that I had waited for. I’ll record the number of days from the flowers to  the fruit.

Submitted for Gooseberry Gardens Week 18 - with prompts Snow,December,Winter,Vacation& Wildness
and d'Verse OpenLinkNight Week#23


  1. Good sincerity in revealing the pics.. :) by the way, well taken pics..

    Thanks for the info and knowledge on water apple..:)

  2. Pictures are awesome and others yummy...

    Happy Holidays Pareng Hank!


  3. All the work as paid off nice,
    Hopefully it give you water apples with your wanted kind of spice
    After lugging about organic manure
    Better give you that and so much more..haha

  4. nice...when we lived in FL we had a banana tree, and orange tree and a lime tree...the banana one is the one we had to wait on...cool to see the fruit as well...have never seen one...

  5. Pramoda - Thanks

    ParengJJ - Thanks and yummy

    Pat - Given its fair share
    Of toil and fondness

    Brian - In FL besides bananas I saw papayas and
    4-angled beans (all readily available


  6. hmmm sounds great..i'm getting hungry..would love to try them

  7. I've never even heard of it before. It looks good.

  8. What an interesting post, Hank, and a beautiful progression from flower to edible fruit. If it can be either sour or sweet, it is just like our apples, which can also be sour or sweet.
    All the best to you and yours, now and in the coming year.

  9. ah like me some papaya as well...great to see you at OLN friend...

  10. But the sour variety are so very beautiful. I'd take a bit of sour with my beauty.~Mary

  11. I like the pictures and my mouth watered with anticipation...thank you ~

  12. Hank, beautiful photos to accompany your verse. The fruit looks gorgeous.


  13. How interesting! I don't think I've ever had Jambu.

  14. Hank, not only are the images lovely, but your descriptions, both poetic and in prose, of the jamba tree and its fruit made me hungry. I'm going to the Asian market tomorrow and see if they have such here in Wisconsin... Very nice work. Peace, Amy

  15. This is wonderful Hank. Firstly MY mouth waters. Teringin nyer. Secondly your pictures really show their transformation. Thirdly, very nice poem. Lastly, I enjoyed the progress of the jambu through the region. It is a jambu. Thank you Hank.

  16. Kaykuala,

    A very nice and informative piece of writing and some fabulous images!!!
    Hope you enjoy sharing this visitor to your garden during December...

    Best wishes, Eileen

  17. They looked so yummy..I do not think so we get it in India..
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  18. what an inviting table that is filled with delicious dishes.

    Glad to see you at poetry picnic.
    Happy PP!

  19. Words and pictures awesome Hank.

    Happy Christmas.


  20. Scrumptious fruit and verse to match - what more could anyone want?

  21. I love this look at your horticultural side, hank. Your switch to manure is a very sound one--it has many micronutrients that the chemical fertilizers lack--hence that deep green. Nature likes to make a circle, I think. Your recipe sounds delicious as well. Thanks for tantalizing me with a look at something I'll never be able to grow, but at least can enjoy in your verse.

  22. This is lovely. I have a poem here that came from a fan in which he depicts my nose as bell fruit. Ha-ha! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful poem and recipe!

  23. I have never heard of Jambu, but after reading your words I would sure like to give one a try. I wonder if specialty grocery stores (ie: expensive ones) would have Jambu some seasons of the year!

  24. with all those pics and information u made this a total mouth watering post :P

    Enjoyed.. wish to have jambu some day !!

  25. Claudia - my mouth waters too when doing the posting especially when downloading the pic with the dipper

    Alice - The texture and water content is akin to apples and pears

    Kay - True but we can not get the sour ones in the market. Nobody's selling them

    Brian - Papaya has the highest Vit C. Thanks for 2nd visit


  26. Incredible work,
    Happy Holidays….
    if you write Haiku, welcome sharing with us,
    1 to 3 or more are welcome.
    no theme.

    Merry Christmas!

  27. This is nice. Jambu -- the fruits are sweet when you pluck them just right. We have jambu trees in our residential estate. But they belong to public space -- these bear fruit which are pink-ish green, but no one picks them: the ants and other insects get them first. And then they fall to the ground and the birds have a feast!

    The poem is awesome: the anticipation of waiting for your own fruit tree to bear fruit. The excitement to see if the fruits are sweet -- that joy is well expressed here. Glad that you linked this to the Best of... . :)

  28. oh very cool..would love to taste them..never saw them over here..they look awesome

  29. A tender look at the care required and the joy acquired from reaping a harvest. Beautiful.

  30. So glad you hose to repost this poem so i could see it! It not only introduced me to a new fruit, but expressed the wonder of birth.

  31. This really makes me want to taste this fruit. The photo and text complement each other so deliciously! A feast for the mind as well as the eyes. Your words to the tree are precious. Lovely.

  32. hey i remember this one...smiles...love having you on this poetic journey with us hank...thanks for all the smiles along the way...and the wonderful pic you did of me which still hangs on the fridge...

  33. Those photographs are absolutely gorgeous!

  34. I learned something here - and the photos are gorgeous! Something out of nature to remember and ponder.

  35. This was a revelation in photos and verse. I never heard of this "fruit" and it sounds rare and delicious. How nice it is to know and what an extravagantly fine way to introduce it to me!

  36. Like your poetry, the images brought to mind something exotic and lush. Love it all!