Jambu Salad

Have you ever heard of nose apples?That’s what my friend Clay asked me, and I had no idea what he was talking about. When he brought a bunch to our house I recognized them as a fruit I’ve heard called jambu. I’ve seen trees around but never tasted them.
I guess they do look like noses. They’re mildly sweet, like an Asian pear. The texture reminds me of a pepper: crisp, with a shiny, waxy exterior and hollow seed cavity. jambu halvesThey’re cultivated throughout the tropics. The color ranges from white to green to red. The name nose apple is a hard sell, which might explain why they’re not as popular here. They’re also called wax apples or jambu in other parts of the world. Wax apple makes me think of overly polished apples, so I’m sticking with jambu.  

They’re a good snack, but they really shine in this Thai-style salad. We used up every last one of them this way, and now I’m hoping Clay unloads more at our house in the future. jambu saladI know this is a rare thing, having a giant pile of jambu, but you can make this salad with thinly sliced jicama, melon, or Asian pears (it’s also very similar to my green papaya salad).  

Now if anyone ever asks you if you want some nose apples, say “Yes!” and make this:

Jambu Salad
  1. 5 cups thinly sliced jambu*
  2. 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  3. 1/2 cup toasted cashews, chopped
  4. handful of fresh basil, mint, or cilantro leaves
For the dressing
  1. juice of 2 limes
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  3. 1-2 tablespoons coconut sugar (to taste)
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 2 Thai bird chilis, thinly sliced
Make the dressing
  1. Whisk the lime juice, fish sauce, and coconut sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add the garlic and chilis.
Assemble the salad
  1. Toss the dressing with jambu and green onions. Top with cashews and fresh herbs.
  1. *substitute jicama, melon, or Asian pear
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Spicy Thai Jambu Salad (aka Wax Apples, Nose Apples, Wax Jambu)

6 Comments Jambu Salad

  1. Nicole September 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Yet again you’ve made something that not only looks tasty, but is also beautiful! And, yet again, this is something I’ve never tasted so it’s being added to my list of ‘must tries’ 🙂

    1. suwanneerose September 9, 2016 at 9:11 am

      I’m hoping we see more jambu around! I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface in the world of tropical fruit.

  2. Jean cross September 8, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I learned something new, a regular occurrence with your posts!

    1. suwanneerose September 9, 2016 at 9:10 am

      There’s always plenty for me to learn, that’s for sure! I’m so glad I can share it all with you.

  3. Cheryl September 8, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Danielle,
    Where do you find bird peppers. I’d really like to grow some. If you have a pepper with seeds in it, I’d love to have one.

    1. suwanneerose September 9, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Hey Cheryl! I’ll bring you some seeds! I buy the peppers at Oceanic Asian market in Tampa. I’ve grown them from those seeds and it’s hit or miss, but I also have some seeds I bought from Baker Creek seed catalog. 🙂

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