Common name : Brindleberry, Malabar Tamarind

Scientific name : Garciniagummi-gutta

Family : Clusiaceae

Native land : Indonesia

This plant is an evergreen, dioecious, understorey tree. Its branching is usually horizontal or drooping with thick, glossy, dark green leaves. It is mainly grown for its fruit that looks like a small pumpkin and is green to pale yellow in colour. The fruit has a thin skin and deep vertical lobes. The size of the fruit varies from about the size of an orange to that of a grapefruit. The colour can vary considerably. When the rinds are dried and cured in preparation for storage and extraction, they are dark brown or black in colour. It is mostly used in cooking and also used commercially in curing fish, especially in Sri Lanka and South India.

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