On a recent trip to North Queensland,
I visited the Cairns Botanical Gardens. On
the ground were many yellow fruit which the staff were cleaning up for disposal.
Labelled as Otaheite Apple, Ambarella and Hog Plum, I had heard of this fruit from my Balinese and Samoan friends, so I thought I would try some. The fruit had the sweet/sour taste of lemon and pineapple.
Spondias, a small genus of tropical trees belonging to the family Anacardiaceae (which includes the mango), are distributed and cultivated widely throughout the tropics. The best known is Spondias dulcis (syn. Spondias cytherea), a native to Polynesia. The latin word dulcis means ‘to become sweet’.
The name of the genus Spondias is derived from an ancient Greek word for ‘plum’, although it is not related to true plums (genus Prunus) or any other members of the family Rosaceae.
Topics covered are:
- Culinary uses
A recipe for Sri Lankan
Ambarella Chutney is also available.