Syzygium malaccense is known by various names in other countries. In Jamaica, it is called Otaheite, or simply just ‘apple’. In 1793, Capt. Bligh introduced what we now call otaheite apples. Their name comes from their island of origin ­ Tahiti, (Pacific Islands) in the 16th and 17th centuries was widely known as Otaheite. Although not indigenous to Jamaica, otaheite apples grow abundantly here. (Otahhite apples are ‘presumed’ to be native to Malaysia). Read more →


do not know the name of this plum but it grows rampantly in Jamaica. The season begins in May to late September. No, it is not the hog plums; hog plums are different. Hog plums should not be eaten by humans because of maggots’ infestation. (most Jamaicans called it ‘magic’ instead of maggot) Read more →


The mango is not native to Jamaica, but originated in East India, Burma and the Andaman Islands bordering the Bay of Bengal. Legend has it that Buddha found tranquillity in a mango grove. Persian traders took the mango into the Middle East and Africa and from there the Portuguese brought it to Brazil and the West Indies. Read more →