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The otaheiti apple is another Jamaican fruit which is commonly sold by higglers on the roadside. The fruit is similar to a regular apple but different in a number of ways. The otaheiti apple has an elongated shape which is tapered at the top, similar to a pear and is usually deep red in colour. The edible skin is very delicate, it can easily be damaged and comes away from the flesh with some very gentle rubbing. The flesh of the otaheiti apple is white with a very high water content. This makes the fruit very refreshing to eat of a hot day but is a little bit bland compared to other fruits.
The scientific name for the otaheiti apple is Syzygium Malaccense and the tree is native to South East Asia. Because of its Indo-Chinese origin, the otaheiti apple is commonly known as the Malay apple around the world. The name otaheiti apple (which is the more common name in Jamaica) comes from the term "Tahiti apple".© 2014 Jamaica Travel and Culture .com