The rare Kei Apple is a small yellow fruit with an unexpectedly mighty flavor! The Kei Apple is native to the Kei River area of southwest Africa and abundant in the wild around the eastern Cape, Kaffraria and Natal. Kei Apple plants can be shaped into shrubs or small trees and thrive in various subtropical climates with sandy to saline soil. The plants form dense thickets and are commonly used as hedges and living fences in their native environments.
Kei Apple fruit vary in flavor from extremely acidic to sweet-tart with tangy, fruity notes reminiscent of mango, starfruit, and apricot. Kei apples are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and strengthens the immune system, and are a good source of potassium, a mineral that balances fluid levels within the body. The fruits also contain antioxidants to protect the body against external environmental aggressors.