Monkey orange tree looks attractive with its dark green glossy leaves and the bright yellow fruits. Though it is a deciduous plant, but the autumn foliage, which develops an attractive yellow colour, also looks pleasant. So the plant is also quite suitable as a border or fence tree. It is quite hardy plant and can grow even in poor and rocky soils.
Common names : Spiny Monkey-orange/Green Monkey Orange (English) Doringklapper (Afrikaans) Morapa (NS) umKwakwa (Swaziland) Nsala (Tswana) Mutamba (Shona) Maboque (Angola) Eguni (sing)/Maguni (pl) (Namibia)
Monkey oranges have all the characteristics of a successful crop–high productivity, high prices, extended shelf life, pest resistance, delicious flavor, and high demand. But , the fruit remains undomesticated and has rarely undergone organized cultivation.
The trees bear abundant fruit, which sell at very high prices in local markets. A mature tree can bear 300 to 400 fruits per year. Indigenous to tropical and subtropical Africa, they are capable of growing in arid and semi-arid areas and in poor and rocky soils. Their tough outer shells make them resistant to fungi and fruit flies and protect them from being easily damaged in transport and storage. They have an exceptional ability to remain edible in tropical heat for months after fruit maturity. Monkey oranges could be used to produce juices and dry fruit rolls commercially, and the fruit tree has been introduced into Israel for potential commercial crop development.