Dovyalis caffra (PROSEA)
Dovyalis caffra (Hook.f. & Harvey) Hook.f.
- Family: Flacourtiaceae
- Kei apple, umkokolo (En). Pommier-kei (Fr)
- Philippines: umkolo.
Originating from southern Africa, now cultivated worldwide in the drier parts of the tropics and subtropics. In South-East Asia mainly in the Philippines.
Raw fruits are very acid and only edible with much sugar. Prepared fruits used in jams, jellies, sauces, etc. The plant makes a good hedge.
Shrub or small dioecious tree, up to 9 m tall, often with numerous sharp spines. Fruit a subglobose berry, up to 4 cm diameter, golden yellow. Propagation by seed and by layering. Needs subtropical conditions, is drought-resistant but frost-sensitive. In the Philippines above 800 m altitude.
19, 51, 56, 60.