Syzygium samarangense (syn.Eugenia javanica) is a species in the Myrtaceae, native to Philippines, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. Common names include wax apple, love apple, java apple, chomphu (in Thai), Mận (in Vietnam), bellfruit (In Taiwan), Jamaican Apple (inJamaica),jambu air (in Indonesian), water apple, mountain apple, jambu air ("water guava" in Malay), wax jambu, rose apple, bell fruit,makopa, tambis (Philippines), and chambekka in Malayalam, jamrul (in Bengali), and jumbu (Sri Lanka). It is known as jamalac in French, and zamalac in the French-based creole languages of Mauritius, Réunion, Seychelles and other Indian ocean islands.The wax apple tree also grows in the Caribbean. On Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, the fruit is called kashu Sürnam in Papiamentu, which means ‘cashew from Surinam’, while in Surinam the fruit is called curaçaose appel (‘apple from Curaçao’ in Dutch), in Trinidad and Tobago it is known aspommerac, while in the Dominican Republic a small sub-species of the wax apple is known as cajuilito, or small cashew.
This fruit looks like wedding bells! I love the color as well as the fruit itself. A beautiful & cheerful fruit. In Indonesia and Malaysia, it is one of the ingredients in making fruit salads. Jambu Air may also be popularly known as the Rose Apple and Love Apple. Since it's Prince Andrew & Kate Middleton's wedding today, this is certainly the fruit of the day!!!