Santol (Sandoricum koetjape)—
This large ornamental fruit tree from the Asiatic tropics is grown commercially in Thailand and the Philippines.
The yellow-orange fruits are eaten fresh or pickled.
The segments of soft, white pulp cling tenaciously to the seeds.
One would normally eat the fruit by sucking the pleasant thirst quenching flavor of the pulp,
which has a delicate blend of sweetness and acidity, from the seed.
The Bangkok and Pui Fah santols are Asian cultivars with large fruits and trifoliate leaves that turn an autumn like red before shedding.
Trees grow vigorously and are quite adaptable to our Hawaiian climates.