A portion of cherapu tree
English name: Button mangosteen
Cherapu is believed to be a native of Malaysia. It grows from North to South of Malaya. This fruit is also grown as a back yard tree mostly in villages in South East Asia for its fruits.
A small to medium tree 25-40ft tall.
Flowers are attractive red to orange in colour, male and female flowers borne on separate trees creating a need for pollination for successful fruiting.
A flower of cherapu
Fruits small, 3-5 cm wide, brilliant orange in colour, rind thin, pulp very tasty having an unusual sweet-sour flavor.
The fruits are eaten raw. These are quite tasty. The fruits are rarely marketed.
A cherapu fruit ready to be harvested
New plants are raised from seed. The trees are slow growing but quite long lived.
Cherapu is also grown as a container plant because of its attractive coloured flowers and fruits. In fact it considered to be an ideal plant for container growing. ,The plants start bearing when 2-3 feet tall.