Maprang (Marian Plum)The Xian Fruit is a fruit that grows in China. The fruit (resembling a mango) is green in color and mat ofure to orange/yellow, with the seed being pink. They grow to roughly 2 to 5 cm (0.7 to 1.9 inches) in diameter. The entire fruit, including its skin, is edible. Many people claim it has an apple taste but is sweeter.
When ripe, the fruit is soft and has fibrous mango-like seeds. It can be eaten raw or it can also be used to make juice drinks, cakes, pies, jelly and jam. This fruit is extremely rich in Vitamin C (1000 times more than Oranges), vitamin A (three times as much as carrots) and calcium (more than milk). It has antioxidants.
It is said it has no subspecies, but there are minor differences in the fruit based on place of origin. For example, within China itself, different provinces produce fruits with subtle variations.
The local name for the fruit varies depending upon where it is grown. In Mandarin Chinese, this fruit is called Xian Guo (仙果), pronounced "Sian Gow", which means "Immortality Fruit" or "Fruit of the Immortals". The fruits' skin is thin, but tough. It will grow to be anywhere between 1 and 3 cm in diameter, with an orange/yellow colour when ripe. The skin is soft, making it easy to peel.
The fruit itself is a dark yellow, with a somewhat apple-like taste. It has many small black seeds. Each seed is approximately 0.5 cm in length and 0.3 cm in diameter, which are considered edible if roasted or boiled(not sure how accurate this info is). They can be eaten raw, but some people find the taste bitter.
The leaves are thick and green, often with a red or pink tinge at the tips of the leaves. They grow in an alternate arrangement. They are 2 to 2.5 cm long and 5 to 9 cm wide.
When ripe, the fruit is soft and has fibrous mango-like seeds. The unripe fruit resembles a green pepper. It can be eaten raw or cooked. It is usually cut in half after peeling the skin off, then eaten with other seasonings. However, the whole fruit is edible.
Xian fruits are rich in Vitamin C and carbohydrates, especially starch. They also contain calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, and riboflavin. The seeds have more protein than most other parts of the plant. When ripe, Xian fruit contains 92% water, 4% carbohydrates, 2% protein, and negligible fat.