Origin - Red Mombin is native to tropical America.
Scientific Name - Spondias purpurea
Ethnic Name - Ciruela (Spanish), siniguelas (Philippines), mombin rouge
Appearance - The fruit grows up to a length of 5cm in which its breadth may vary from 2-3.5 cm. The fruit appears to be red when it is ripe. A single large seed will be there in the center of the fruit.
Red Mombin is an edible oval drupe, the fruit can be eaten fresh or can be boiled and dried. The boiled and dried fruit can be used for several months. It is sometimes eaten unripe with salt and vinegar or lime juice. The color of the fruit may vary from dark red to yellow.
The fruits borne singly or with two to three clusters, which may vary in size. The size of the seed varies from ½ to ¾ inch long. The surface of the seed will be very rough. The red mombin tree is a very small tree which reaches a maximum height of about 25 feet. Flowering occurs during February and March and fruiting starts in June.
The leaves start falling towards the end of the cool season and are soon replaced by new ones. The cultivated varieties may be divided into two groups:
- Summer mombin
- Winter mombin
Nutritions present - It is rich in Carbohydrates and is very nutritious with a high calorific value of 74 kcal/100 g pulp.
How to buy? Choose the fruit that has a deep, even color that gives the most enjoyable sweet flavor.