Although this sweet tasting
fruit is indigenous to the Amazon it is also found in southern
Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean region.
The large yellow fruit is similar in shape and size to a soursop
even to its soft thorny spines. The fruit is usually eaten out
of hand or spooned out when it starts to ripen from a light
to a dark yellow color. The fruit is not often found in local
markets due to a ripening characteristic.
The fruit is normally removed from the branches by clipping
or cutting the fruit stem at the base of the branch. Within
a short period of time the tips of the protuberance start to
lose the yellow color and become black. The longer it is exposed
to the sun and air the black color becomes dominant. The outside
skin color changes is only cosmetic. The custard lemony tasting
pulp is not affected at all.
Like others in the Annonaceae family, rollinia has many black
seeds embedded within the pulp. When planted, it grows a tree
like its parents. At Dem Dats Doin, the trees bear fruits within
20 to 34 months especially with loamy soil, good drainage and
proper maintenance. Our trees bear at least twice a year. Some
trees will fruit when its about 6 feet in height and others
when the tree reaches 12 to 20 feet - depending on the area
it is planted.
Like many of the seed bearing plants at Dem Dats Doin, the
Rollinia deliciosa seeds are exported.