A tree of dieng-soh-liwa
Synonym: Eugenia aquea
English name: Watery rose apple.
Dieng-soh-liwa is found growing wild in Assam and Meghalaya states of the East India upto an altitude of 1300 m. It is grown around homes in West Bengal.
It is an evergreen tree, 7-9 m high and is much branched. The flowering takes place during March and the fruits ripen in May-June. Flowers are white, red or purple.
A flower of dieng-soh-liwa
Dieng-soh-liwa fruits are round, flattened at both ends and of the size of a small apple. These are either white or pale rose in colour. The pulp is spongy, juicy and lightly fragrant. Each fruit contains 3-6 seeds.
The ripe fruits are eaten as such. These are made into beverages.
The tree is propagated by seed as well as air layering.