Kei Apple


Genus : Dovyalis

The Kei Apple Plant is a hardy fruit tree that produces delicious and aromatic Kei Apples. With its thorny branches and glossy leaves, this plant adds beauty to your garden while providing you with a bountiful harvest of flavorful fruits. It is easy to grow and requires minimal maintenance.

The Kei Apple plant, also known as Dovyalis caffra, is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree or shrub that is native to the eastern regions of South Africa. It belongs to the Flacourtiaceae family and is named after the Kei River, which flows through the plant’s native range.

The Kei Apple plant produces large, dark green leaves that are oval in shape and have a glossy appearance. The fruit is round or oval-shaped, about the size of a large plum, and can range in color from green to yellow to orange. The flesh of the fruit is tart and acidic, with a texture similar to that of a kiwi fruit, and contains numerous small seeds.

The fruit of the Kei Apple plant is highly valued for its nutritional properties and is a rich source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. The fruit is commonly used in traditional African cuisine, either fresh or cooked, and is also used to make jams, jellies, and other preserves.

The Kei Apple plant is relatively easy to care for and prefers well-draining soil and full sunlight. It is highly adaptable and can tolerate a variety of soil types, as well as occasional drought and frost. The plant is also highly resistant to pests and diseases, making it a popular choice for home gardeners and commercial growers alike.

In addition to its culinary value, the Kei Apple plant is also highly valued for its medicinal properties. The leaves, bark, and fruit of the plant are used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, such as diarrhea, fever, and infections. The plant is also believed to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting effects, and is sometimes used to treat skin conditions and promote wound healing.


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