Hoogte: 4 m.
Winterhard in: zones 10-11 (10 C)
Kuipplant. Vruchten te zuur om rauw te eten. Ze kunnen wel worden ingelegd of als groente worden gebruikt in curries.
Zaai-instructies : Kiem in 4-6 wk, 22-25 C. Dit kan ook veel langer duren.
Plant-instructies : Zon, zeer goeddoorlatende grond
The bilimbi is generally regarded as too acid for eating raw, although in Costa Rica, the green, uncooked fruits are prepared as a relish which is served with rice and beans. Sometimes it is an accompaniment for fish and meat. Ripe fruits are frequently added to curries in the Far East or used in place of mango to make chutney. In cooking, fruit often used in combinations with Tamarind (can be also used with Sweet Tamarind to neutralize the acidity). The fruit is rich in vitamin C. The fruit juice is popular for making cooling beverages on the order of lemonade. To reduce acidity, it may be first pricked and soaked in water overnight and boiled with sugar to make a jam or an acid jelly. Half-ripe fruits are salted, set out in the sun, and pickled in brine and can be thus kept for 3 months.
Height: 4 m.
Flowers: all year
Hardy in: zones 10-11 (10 C)
Sowing instructions : Sow into a well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered thinly with sand or grit and kept moist. Keep at between 20-25 Celsius. Seeds sometimes germinate within 4 to 6 weeks although some may take very much longer, so please be patient.
Planting instructions : The tree needs, above all, good drainage, and will not tolerate being waterlogged. Sun, semi shade.