Is it Jew or June Plum?
Here’s an article by the Juicy Chef – Jacqui Sinclair.
One of the pleasures of living in the Caribbean is the array of tropical and unusual fruits. Natural healthy living is so easy. Otaheite, custard, rose, and star apples, naseberry, mammee, Jackfruit, coolie and hog plums, guineps, Ugli fruit and ortanique are a few which are special to the region.
Some, like the mango, drive people to insanity, others like the watermelon, pineapple and papaya feature regularly on fruit plates. West Indian cherry, guava and sour sop are perfect for juices. So is the humble June plum, but is that really its name?
Recently I toured the beautiful farm, Croyden in the Mountains, in Catadupa St. James whilst hosting a food tour. This farm features most fruits available in Jamaica, notably pineapples. I came upon a tree marked Jew plum and mentioned to the guide that I had never heard of it. He asked if I was sure with a cheeky grin on his face and proceeded to the other side of the tree and pointed towards the fruit. As I peered closer, I noticed June plums! Scratching my head in confusion, I asked if the sign identifying the tree had some sort of typographical error.
Apparently they are right and most of us misinformed. The ambarella or spondias dulcis, a native of the South Pacific was originally known in layman