The Gold Apple, also known as Ambarella, Kedondong, or Jew Plum, produces oval fruits with smooth skin that turns green or yellow when ripe. The leaves are dark green and feathery.
Size and Crown Width
Mature trees can reach heights of up to 25 meters, and the crown width can be substantial depending on growth conditions.
The root system of the Golden apple is usually well-developed and spreads widely.
The plant is native to the tropics and subtropics, particularly in regions like Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Cultivation and Care
It prefers tropical conditions with well-draining soils. It requires plenty of sunlight and regular watering. The soil should be well-draining and slightly acidic.
The first harvest may take several years after planting. Fruits should be harvested when they turn yellow.
Taste and Health Benefits
The fruits have a sweet and sour taste and are often consumed raw or used in various dishes. Golden apples are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.
Pollination and Reproduction
The Golden apple is mostly self-pollinating, meaning it does not require pollination from other plants. It is typically a monoecious plant, but there are variations that can be dioecious.