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Dec 15, 2008 06:09 PM

What is this fruit?

I found these in a couple of fruit markets in Hong Kong. When I tried to ask one of the vendors what they are called, she said something that sounded a lot like lemon (lih mah), but I don't think she had a very good grasp of English.
From rooting around on the internet, I gather these belong to the genus Syzygium. Can anyone identify them more precisely?
The riper one of the two that I had was sweet, very crisp, and fully of water. I imagine these would make for a very refreshing treat on a hot day.

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  1. Hi racer x,

    This is called wax apple (or lian wu in mandarin, lin mo in Cantonese). They actually had it in Manhattan during the summer. It is very light with just a hint of sweetness, and indeed very refreshing in the summer.

    They are very popular in Taiwan as I have heard.

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    1. re: kobetobiko

      It seems to be a cashew-apple! The "nut" is placed at the buttom of the fruit....

    2. That looks a lot like wax apple or "Bell Fruit".

      kobetobiko beat me to it.

      1. In the islands it is called Pomarac in creole. and was brought to the Caribbean by Chinese merchants and settlers. I loved them as a child but haven't seen them here in the US.