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Hedonisia Hawaii Botanical Plant Inventory

Rollinia Tree

1) Plant History & General Information:



  • Location on Property: Garden P
  • Rollinia Hawaii

    Rollinia Hawaii

    Scientific Name: Rollinia Deliciosa

  • Region of Origin: South America
  • General History: Rollinia is thought to have originated in northern Brazil along the banks of the Amazon. It is also found in its natural state in Guiana, southern Mexico, Peru, and northern Argentina. Seeds from Brazil were sent to Florida and the Philippines in the early 1900s. The first written record of Rollinia in Hawai‘i was not until the mid-1930s, although it may have existed earlier on the homesteads of Filipino immigrants. It is now found growing in most tropical locations and is rapidly becoming a favorite with tropical fruit aficionados.

2) Plant Uses:

  • As Food: The fruit pulp is very soft and sweet, tasting somewhat like a lemon meringue pie. It is generally eaten out of hand, though some chefs have used it for cooking, and wine has been made out of it in Brazil. It is also very tasty when frozen and eaten as a sorbet.
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  • Other Uses: The wood of the Biriba tree is durable and suitable for boat construction.

3) Growing Instructions

  • Growing: This strictly tropical tree needs warm, most soils in hot, humid climates. It thrives with regular year-round irrigation or in areas where rainfall is equally distributed throughout the year. It does not tolerate cold.
  • Best time to Harvest: Commercial fruit is generally harvested when it starts to soften and turn yellow. Care in handling is highly recommended, as the fruit protuberances and skin will blacken considerably when touched.
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  • Soil Requirements: The tree grows best in deep, rich, organic soil and benefits from copious amounts of mulch as long as there is good drainage, but it tolerates poorer and highly acidic soils as long as there is sufficient water.
  • Propagation: Rollinia is often propagated from seed, which should be planted as soon as possible after harvest. Preferably take seeds from trees that bear regularly with superior fruit. Germination takes about a month and averages 80 percent success. Air-layering and grafting are possible.
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History of this Plant at Hedonisia: 

We did have two Rollinia trees die but the new ones are growing wonderfully. One is already producing fruit!

Rollinia Recipes:

Rollinia Soufflé

14 oz rollinia puree
1 tsp coconut extract
1 c heavy cream
1⁄2 c powdered sugar
2 tbsp sifted flour
4 extra large eggs, room temperature, separated
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Rollinia tree and fruits

Rollinia tree and fruits

Reduce 14 oz of rollinia puree in a heavy saucepan over low heat and stirring constantly until it is reduced to 10 oz. Remove from heat, stir in coconut extract, and set aside in a cool place. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly butter bottom and sides of soufflé dish. Place 1 cup of heavy cream in a saucepan and bring to boil while continually whisking. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix flour and powdered sugar, then add egg yolks and mix until thick. Drizzle in hot cream, then add mixture back into the same saucepan and cook until it just thickens (less than 5 minutes). Once thickened, place mixture into a bowl and add the rollinia puree. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks, then add granulated sugar and beat until peaks are firm. Gently fold egg whites into rollinia mixture, then pour into a soufflé dish. Place filled soufflé dish inside a larger pan filled with hot water that reaches up to half the sides of the soufflé dish. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Carefully remove and serve immediately.