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Indonesian Fruit Installment 9: Water Apple

Meet a friend I see every now and again: the water apple. Known in Indonesian as jambu air and in English by all of these names (thanks Wikipedia): wax apple, love apple, java apple, royal apple, bellfruit, Jamaican apple, water apple, mountain apple, cloud apple, wax jambu, rose apple, and bell fruit.

The water apple is one waxy, shiny fruit. It naturally has the shine that Red Delicious apples do when grocery stores wax them up. I first tried a water apple in Jogja. When I recently bought some at my local market, the vendor told me that they were from Jogja, or that she was, it was a bit unclear, too many chickens squawking to hear well. Indonesian water apples are not very big in size, so you could eat a few as a snack. In Hong Kong I saw much bigger ones, closer to the size of a Red Delicious apple.

Water apples are crisp, refreshing and they have a fruity taste. They are only slightly watery when you bit into them, more so than apples. Mind the seed on the inside and enjoy!

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