Rollinia Fruit, A Must Try Fruit

Rollinia fruit which belongs to the custard apple family is native to tropical South America. The fruit is also known as Biriba which is the Brazilian name of the fruit. Normally, it is propagated by its seeds, but nowadays the grafted or budged stems are available in nurseries. The fruits will grow up to 5 cm to 20 cm in diameter and a single fruit may weigh up to 1.5 kg. 

Nutritional value of rollinia

  • The rollinia fruit is rich in Calcium and phosphorous.
  • Vitamin C has found in the biriba fruit. 
  • Iron is another important factor that has been seen in the fruit. 
  • The fruit is enriched with protein.
  • Amino acids such as tryptophan, threonine, methionine, and lysine are seen in the fruit.

A mature rollinia fruit is yellowish. It can be consumed raw and can be used in other applications as well. The pulp is so delicate that it can be taken with a spoon which has the taste of tender-coconut. In Brazil, the seed is used to heal gastrointestinal ailments.

Characteristic of rollinia

  • A warm and subtropical climate is the ideal condition of the fruit. The climate in India, especially the climate of Kerala is similar to the subtropical climate, which makes the place favourable to the tree.
  • It can be grown from the seeds as well as from the stems.
  • The plant is an aggressive plant that bears fruit in three years from planting the seeds. 
  • Following flowering, the flower may fall for two seasons After these, the plant begins to bear fruits.
  • Biriba is a flood-tolerant plant.
  • It can tolerate shade. 
  • The leaves are huge and sometimes they grow up to 35cm long. 
  • The tree can be grown up to 15 meters high. 
  • During the summer season, make sure to water the plant. 
  • The flavour is mild that most people like to have the fruit.
  • While comparing custard apple, seeds are less and bigger.