Shrub or small tree.
6-22' high, depending on variety.
Small, five yellow petals and sepals, many yellow to orange stamens, in clusters.
Late winter to early spring.
Yes. Additional plants will improve fruit set.
Years before fruiting:
Dark purple when ripe, 3/8-3/4" diameter, apple texture, sweet-sour grape-sherbet flavor,
Nutritional values for 3.5 ounces: Vitamin A 37%, Vitamin C 24%, Calcium 13%.
Months for fruit to ripen:
3. The fruit are ripe when they are dark purple, possibly with
a whitish blush, and are soft. They ripen a few at a time and require frequent harvesting.
Storage after harvest:
The fruit can be refrigerated unwashed for up to 7 days.
Ovate to heart-shaped, green.
Long, drooping, no thorns.
Densely fibrous, no tap root, not invasive.
Cultivars of Note:
Low growing dwarf types (Indian) are preferred over tall growing types
for flavor, small seeds, and productivity.
Attracts a wide variety of pollinating insects, including bees and butterflies.
Browsed by mammals.
Toxic / Danger:
Southern Asia, from Pakistan to Cambodia.