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Jobo de la India

Otaheite apple, Ambarella

Anacardiaceae Spondias cytherea Sonn.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Tropical semi-deciduous tree to 60 feet tall. Small whitish flowers are borne in large, loose, terminal panicles. The fruits are 2 to 3 inches, globular to ovoid and somewhat irregular in outline with indistinct ridges on the sides. From 2 to 10 fruits are borne in a cluster. The tough skin is golden yellow when ripe. A single, large, spiny seed is embedded in the firm juicy flesh. Usually eaten fresh but may be preserved.

Last update March 1, 1999 by ch