Kei Apple (Dovyalis caffra)
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. It is also known as Umqokolo. Kei Apple's highly aromatic golden plum-like fruit vary in flavor from extremely acidic to sweet-tart with tangy with fruity notes reminiscent of mango, starfruit, and apricot and has a high juice content.
Kei Apple plants grow dense and wide. This hardy perennial can be shaped into shrubs or small trees and thrive in various subtropical climates with sandy to saline soil. Kei Apple plants are drought tolerant! The plants form dense thorny thickets and are commonly used as hedges and living fences in their native environments.