Dabai, Melaya, Tropical Olive
The Dabai is a delectable, tropical version of the olive and its fruits look just like large black olives. They are soaked in warm water to soften the flesh and are then eaten with a little salt. Tasting like an avocado with what can loosely be described as a pleasant resinous flavor, the Dabai is unctuous and addictive. The tree grows rapidly, requiring a hot, humid tropical environment and well-drained, rich soil. A marked dry season seems to promote flowering and fruiting. It is uncommon outside of South East Asia.