#183 Makopa

A tree reaching a height of 10 meters, makopa (Syzygium malaccense or Malay apple) is cultivated in many Southeast Asian countries for its fleshy, edible fruit.

The makopa fruit is a shiny, oblong or pear-shaped, white splashed, striped with pink, or crimson to purplish colors. The fruit is either seedless or one-seeded. The flesh is white, pithy, juicy but rather bland or tasteless. Some varieties though have a pleasant sweetish flavour.

In the Philippines, makopa is best known as a summer fruit and is often eaten right after picking it from the tree. With its slightly tangy, sweetish taste, kids sometimes strung the small makopa fruits into edible garlands.  The fruit is also a perfect ingredient in a fresh salad of chopped makopa, green mango, pineapple and tropical fruits tossed with a chilli and dried shrimp sauce/paste.

Bon appétit!

1 Comment

Filed under Food, Nature

One response to “#183 Makopa

  1. luisa

    paborito ko ito! but it’s difficult to find it in the market.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s