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Dovyalis hebecarpa

a.k.a. Ceylon Gooseberry

Small fruit to 1" around with brown velvet skin and deep red acidic pulp. Trees bear fruits in great quantities. The juicy fruit is usually used in drinks and preserves.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Ketembilla. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in May 2012.


Small tree to 15-20ft. Fruiting occurs from spring to early summer. In some areas tree will bear multiple crops throughout the year.


Hardy to the upper 20's Fahrenheit.

Growing Environment

Grows very quickly under ideal conditions. Plants will tolerate dry and wet soils, although lots of moisture is necessary for proper fruit development.


By seeds.


Consumed fresh, either as a flavoring for beverages, or in preserves. Fruits can be eaten out of hand but are usually not for the pulp is very acidic.

Native Range

Native to Sri Lanka. Today the ketembilla is occasionally cultivated for juice making.

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