Fruit of the Vangueria madagascariensis tree which is a species of flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family native to the African continent having edible fruit. It is a large, orange fruit that is edible and often consumed locally.
We called it tambran desen but it grows on a shrup like tree not very tall and is half the size of a tennis ball. The skin is leathery and when brown it is read to eat. You first foll between your hands until it becomes soft on the inside then you squeeze the leathery skin until it rips open and there is this brown soft sweet/sour custard. There is a seed
MARCIA MATHIEUMar 08, 2017
WE HAVE THEM IN ST LUCIA BUT IS IN THE COUNTRY AREA. U HAVE TO SOFTENED IT BY ROLLING IT YOU HAND TO EAT, HAD IT ONCE OR TWICE NOT FOUND IN THE CITY
John ObaMar 09, 2017
I think we call this Sapodilla in Trinidad. Tambran in longer the shell is brittle.
TriniCherryMar 28, 2017
@John Oba it is Chinese tamarind. Sapodilla is much larger . The Chinese tamarind tree grows to about 9 to 10 feet high and shrub like whereas the Sapodilla grows up to 20 feet in height.
MoniqueJun 17, 2017
Have only ever seen this in Dominica. I know it as tarmarind desen (tambran desen). It is not at all like a sapodilla. I wish I could find it in Trinidad!
dexDec 26, 2017
I have a tree in my backyard and waiting patiently for it to bear...it is about two years old and maybe 3 feet tall. The leaves resemble the noni leaves.but more leathery..not shiny
AnitaMar 25, 2018
I have been searching for this fruit and its scientific name online for a long time. I finally found it here. I have a tree in my back yard which I planted. It bears only once a year. After the fruit forms on the tree it takes many many months to get ripe (brown). It's however really worth the wait.