THE MOST widely commercialized makopa or wax apple variety is the Star Ruby. It is produced in big volumes in Thailand and Vietnam and is sold in roadside stalls as well as in supermarkets.
Its brilliant red color makes it attractive. But more than its color, it is prized for its crisp, fleshy fruit. The fruits come in clusters but to produce bigger fruits, only one fruit should be allowed to mature per cluster. To protect the fruits from fruitfly damage, they should be wrapped with paper bags or cloth bags.
This variety is now being propagated in the Philippines. Marcotted plants will bear fruit in a couple of years. It can be grown in rubberized containers or direct in the ground. Marcots are now available at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. Call Rose at 0915-434-4216 for information on how to buy planting materials.They will be available at the AANI Agri-Bazaar at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on October 23-25, 2015.