From the same family as the Kei apple, this dense, fairly thorny shrub produces masses of plum-sized fruit with a thin skin and a few small pips (no stone). The fruit is a bit tart to eat straight off the bush, but is great as jam, or chopped up and fried with a bit of onion and garlic to make an accompaniment for meat. Useful as a tamarind substitute too. It can also be made into a brilliant wine, or soak the fruits in gin or brandy with sugar to make a liqueur. Wind hardy and tolerant of many soils. It can be planted in semi-shade or full sun.


TROPICAL APRICOT (Dovyalis Hebecarpa)

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Subtropica supplies edible and ornamental subtropical plants to New Zealand. We provide banana,  casana, cherimoyas and unusual fruits that grow easily in our climate. Plants are grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or sprays. Plants include Misi Luki, Australian Ladyfinger,casana, cherimoya, casimiroa, white sapote, papaya, pawpaw, Rainbow Valley pawpaw,  lucuma, Chilean guava, tropical guava, babaco, passionfruit, vanilla passionfruit, ligularis, , macadamia, mulberry, tamarillo,, brugmansia, sugar cane, guava, ginger.    We also stock Davidson's plum, fig, Ventura, monstera, myoga,  inga, pepino, turmeric,  cardomom,  cardamom, pomegranate, , tea, kei apple, arrowroot, Chinese quince,  Surinam cherry,  Japanese raisin, lemon grass, Vietnamese mint,  Abyssinian banana, rose apple,  citrus,  lime,aloe vera, pitaya,