The Red Hog Plum Tree, also known as the Red Mombin, is a widely grown fruit tree that comes from the tropics but can also be grown in many locations outside of its native habitat. Mature trees in the Caribbean can reach heights of 70 feet, but will stay smaller in cooler climates. The Red Hog Plum tree is a Cashew relative grown for its red, sweet, plum-like fruits. Red Hog Plum Trees have medium-green, pointed, shiny oval leaves that can be cooked and eaten when young. The bark is thick and resembles cork, and the pretty leaves and bright fruits make the tree a great ornamental adition to the edible landscape.
Mature Red Hog Plums are about 2 inches long, oval, yellow when young, then glossy bright red when mature. This changing color makes it easy to know when to harvest the fruits. Red Hog Plums are very juicy, tart, and slightly acidic with a single, unedible seed. The tropical flavor of Ripe Red Hog Plums combines tartness and tangy sweetness and they are usually eaten fresh. Red Hog Plum Trees are recommended for growing in the ground within USDA Zones 6 to 11, and in pots in Zones 4 to 11.