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September 21, 2008

Malacca Apples & Guineps

Filed under: Watooka — meroza @ 7:35 pm

By: Margo

Whenever I mentioned Malacca Apples to Dad he would roll his eyes at the memory of all the stomach aches he treated for us kids who used to climb the tree at Watooka Club House (the tree was at the end of the left hand path off the main path down to the boat house) and eat the apples when they were not yet ripe. Boy did they taste great!

How many of you remember eating Guinups? There was a tree at the back door of the Hunte’s house. I mostly remember getting them from our old Nanny Jojo who sneaked them into the house for us much to Mum’s dismay as she hated us eating them. Not sure why though, there was probably more energy used in getting the little bit of flesh off them than there was nutrition.

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  1. Margot,

    I do remember great stomach pain from green mangoes from the trees by the club, dipped in sugar I think, being sure I was “gonna die”! The malacca apple season was just finished when we were there in August, they found me one in the Rupanuni, small, not ripened properly, but still brought back a great memory (I’d told my daughters that malacca apples are the best fruit in the world). At Rockview, in the Rupanuni, they had a malacca spread/jam which was great on toast. I tried apple bananas, but they were not so special as I remembered.

    Carl

    Comment by Carl — September 21, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

  2. Where did you get that photo Margo?

    Comment by rvewong — September 21, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

  3. Off the internet when I typed in Malacca apple in Google.

    We always ate green mangoes with Hot sauce and salt – Mango Chow Chow.

    I always remember thinking Apple bananas were great and so much better than the regular ones.

    Who remembers Sapodillas? Those and Guavas were my favourites. When Guavas were in season I climbed the tree in our yard practically every day to get some.

    Comment by meroza — September 22, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  4. I remember the malacca apples.. its really funny, I was trying to describle them to my daugher’s very permaculture/radically green eco farmer boyfiend.. I remembered them as eatie oatie (have no idea of spelling) apples mostly from Jamaica. Ah, Guyana.. the wonderful fruit. WE MUST GO BACK!!!

    Comment by Eileen — October 7, 2008 @ 4:21 am

  5. Otaheite Apple (Pomarosa, Pommerac, Malacca Apple, Plum Rose)

    The Otaheite Apple (maple apple) is a native of the Pacific Islands. The juicy, shiny red fruit has one large seed and is usually ovoid shaped. The fruit makes an excellent jam when stewed with brown sugar and ginger.
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    Guava is the authentic Arawak name of this pungently scented fruit which is eaten raw when ripe or used for making the popular Guava Jelly or tinned guava nectar. The leaves of the tree are used in folk medicine with a popular Jamaican folk song claiming ‘Guava root a medicine fe go cure di young gal fever’.
    ———————————————————————
    Guinep – This fruit has a rough but thin skin with soft jelly-like flesh. The slightly tart guinep grows in bunches and are usually eaten a small bunch a time. The pulp is used, juiced with limes and/or ginger to make a refreshing drink

    You can check out some of your favourite Caribbean fruit at

    http://www.tntisland.com/fruits.html

    Comment by meroza — October 17, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

  6. I remember the malacca apple tree that was in the garden of the house opposite the school. We would raid the tree and fill our pockets and bags with them and find a safe place to eat them. The tree was huge and we never went hungry. I also remember eating lots of green mangos with salt. I guess one thing that we never had to worry about was snacking on our adventures – there was always something to eat :-)

    Comment by Debbie — November 11, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

  7. Green Mangoes, salt and pepper sauce commonly referred to as Mango Chow Chow was the best.

    When we were in England, the summer we rented a house in West Byfleet, and couldn’t get green mangoes we improvised with green apples from the trees growing in the yard and called it Apple chow chow.

    You were only about 14 months old Debbie so I don’t think you would remember.

    Comment by Margot — November 12, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

  8. Those videos on Guyana recently installed were so interesting. Thanks for that Bob.

    Comment by Pat Cusack nee Hunte — November 14, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  9. p.s. re the first one – read the two comments – wanted to post one of my own but didn’t because I didn’t feel like going into yet another site – YouTube.
    Hopefully the Guyanese will consider making the whole country a World Heritage Site to prevent another Haiti and similar.

    Comment by Pat Cusack nee Hunte — November 15, 2008 @ 2:58 pm


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