Salak
Salak (Salak, Salakka, Rakum, Snake fruit, Snake fruit, Salacca zalacca). A very popular fruit in Southeast Asia. Teardrop-shaped fruits (up to 4 cm in diameter) are covered with a brown…

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Avocado
Avocado (Avocado, American Perseus, Alligator pear). For many, it’s not at all an exotic plant, but a very frequent guest of salads; this list was simply because I was the…

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Chrysophyllum
Chrysophyllum (Star apple, Star apple, Cainito, Star apple, Milkifruit, Kaimito) DO NOT confuse with Kaimito (or Abiu). Originally from Central America, today it is cultivated in the tropics of South…

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Tamarind

Tamarind Sweet (Sweet Tamarind, Indian Date, Asam, Sampalok, Chintapandu). The birthplace of this legume tree is East Africa, nowadays it is cultivated everywhere in tropical countries.

The fruits are long, up to 20 cm, as bean should be, similar to beans (or peas), on the outside they are light brown, and the flesh (more precisely, pericarp or pericarp) is dark brown. Continue reading

Mafai

Mafai (Burmese grapes, Mafai, Baccaurea ramiflora, Baccaurea sapida) grows in most South Asian countries, but most of all in Malaysia and India.

It has nothing to do with grapes, except for the second name; well, wine is also made from mafai. Round fruits (from 2.5 to 4 cm in diameter) with peels of various colors, depending on the variety, from yellowish-cream, red and to purple. Continue reading

Papaya
Papaya (Papaya, Melon tree, Bread tree). It comes from Central and South America, and nowadays it is cultivated in almost all tropical countries. Do not confuse it with other “Bread…

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Mafai
Mafai (Burmese grapes, Mafai, Baccaurea ramiflora, Baccaurea sapida) grows in most South Asian countries, but most of all in Malaysia and India. It has nothing to do with grapes, except…

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Goji berries
Among the supporters of a healthy diet, Goji berries, which are grown in Mongolia, China, Tibet, have recently become popular. Wild varieties (common dereza) grow in our latitudes and are…

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Physalis
Small bright yellow with beige petals Physalis berry often serves as a decorative decoration of dishes in restaurants. It comes to Russia mainly from Central Asia and the Caucasus, but…

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