Global Feast : the Marshall Islands

What's This? Bell Apple!
January 5, 2013

Bell Apple

Bell Apple (which is how The Marshallese call them) or wax apple, love apple, java apple, royal apple, bell fruit (or bellfruit), Jamaican apple, water apple, mountain apple, cloud apple, wax jambu, and rose apple ... the name depends on where you live. This pretty bell shaped fruit is grown and cultivated in the tropical regions of South East Asia to Pacific to Carribean (learn more here).

It seems like these items are in the market twice a year in the Marshall Islands. Spring around May and Winter around November.

inside of Bell Apple

The fruit does not taste like an apple actually. The texture is like a mixture of Asian pear and watermelon with less density. It is tangy and slightly sweet. To me it is not so exciting to eat as it is. But because of the very mild flavor (or I would say no flavor), I think it is great to use for cooking. I think it will work well in salads, chutney or compote.

Some new recipes with bell apples are coming soon.