Manzanilla (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)

Manzanilla (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)

Here’s an old favorite, though this is the “fruit” and not the blossom. We’ve been told that the flowers are edible and actually more tasty than the fruit, which tastes somewhat like an apple, which it resembles in form and color, though much smaller in size.

As a member of the Mallow (Malvaceae) family, it is cousin to the Hibiscus. The native range is throughout the Southeast United States, from North Carolina westward to Texas, with the exceptions of Tennessee and Oklahoma. For more information and pictures, visit a post on the Native Plant Society of Texas on the Texas Mallow (One of several appellations of this variety of Malvaviscus).