Fruit of the Philippines: Tambis

by admin on October 6, 2015

Fruit of the Philippines: TambisThe tambis or makopa (Syzygium samarangense) is one of those fruit that has many names. This causes quite a confusion because there are several varieties of the fruit. To my knowledge, there are three varieties found here. There’s the pink bell-shaped makopa, the green bell-shaped one and the oval-shaped tambis.

What we have growing on our front yard is the green one. The tree has grown a bit more than 20 feet and is well-loved by kids. This organic fruit snack is meaty with white pulp and its taste can be bland to juicy sweet.

Fruit of the Philippines: Tambis

The tambis grows from a regular lemon size to a mature kiwi fruit. It grows in singles, pairs, triplets and sometimes in clusters of four to six fruits. Our makopa is seedless. For added sweetness, we would normally water our tree with water laced with brown sugar.

Do you know of any dried fruit snacks made from this tropical fruit? We would love to know about it on Facebook or leave us a comment below.

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1 Jorge Saberon June 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I have a green bell-shaped Tambis that is not growing fast enough to survive this coming winter. Prior to last winter, it bloomed like crazy with full of large green leaves. Although it had survived the last winter, the pace of its growth is very slow that I am afraid it will not survive this time. I live in San Diego, California, which has a moderate climate but sometime gets gold at 50 degrees F. What kind of fertilizer do I need to get it going? Thank you so much of your assistance.


2 Plant April 27, 2015 at 8:12 am

You are very wrong, the tambis is the pink one.


3 admin April 28, 2015 at 12:18 am

Thanks for the clarification.


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