Fruits of India........!!!!!

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#1 Jun 24th, 2008, 01:22
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Below is a list of links showing the majority of minor fruit crops in India. Many are native to India, but there are a wide array of fruits which originated elsewhere, but which have either gained some degree of commercial importance in India, or have escaped and naturalized in the wild. A few are primarily grown as ornamental tree and shrubs. Many of these will be rarely seen in city markets, and will be more common in the village markets. A few are not commercially produced and will only be seen in the wild.

I would be very happy to receive more info on any of these, and also ones not mentioned here. Info such as local names, where you've seen them, what time of year, etc. would be useful for my ongoing research. Photos would be greatly appreciated, but please try to show a cross-section of the fruit if possible.

The point of this thread is as a reference for, and conversation about the incredible diversity of fruit in India.

Enjoy.


Monstera deliciosa ,
ceriman


Breadfruit

Jackfruit and related species

Lakoocha, lakuchi, badahar, monkey jack

Cherimoya

Ata, luna, meba, sharifa, sarifa, sitaphal, sita pandu, custard apple, scaly custard apple

Atamoya

Soursop

Custard apple, Ramphal

Loquat

Ceylon Peach

Tamarind or ambli, imli, chinch

Carambola, kamaranga, kamruk, kamrakh

Bilimbi

Sour orange, khatta

Sweet lime, mitha nebu, mosambi, or musambi
Sweet lime, mitha nebu, mosambi, or musambi

Calamondin
Calamondin

Citron, beg-poora, or
leemoo


Bael

Wood-apple, elephant apple, monkey fruit, curd fruit, kath bel
Wood-apple, elephant apple, monkey fruit, curd fruit, kath bel

White sapote

Wampee

Santol, sayai, sevai, sevamanu or visayan

Langsat, lansa, langseh, langsep, lanzon, lanzone, lansone

Bignay

Emblic

Star gooseberry, West India gooseberry, jimbling, chalmeri, harpharori

Burmese grape, lutqua, rambai
Burmese grape, lutqua, rambai

Mango related species: Mangifera sylvatica

Cashew Apple

Ambarella

Yellow Mombin

Lychee

Longan

Rambutan, ramboostan

Jujube, ber, bor

Phalsa

Chinese cherry or Japanese cherry

Roselle

Durian and related
species


Mangosteen

Flacourtia sp.- Paniala/ Ramontchi, governor's plum/ Rukam

Cattley guava

Brazilian
guava

Brazilian guava

Jambolan, jaman, jambu, jambul, jamelong, jamelongue, jamblang, jiwat, salam, koriang

Malay apple

Java apple, jumrool, jamrul, amrool

Water apple
Water apple

Rose apple

Surinam Cherry

Sapodilla plum, sapota, baramsi, chikoo

Star apple

Mabolo, peach bloom

Carissa, natal plum,
amantungula


Karanda, karaunda, bengal currant, christ's thorn

Cape gooseberry, teparee, tiparee, makowi

Husk tomato, tomatillo

Tree tomato
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Very interesting! thanks for the link. You have put a lot of effort to link all those pages separately!
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I am hearing a lot of names for the very first time...
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So that's what those fruits were - loquats! I kept seeing them in the markets - and I loved the Custard apples, ours are much bigger and kind of sloppier - you have to spoon the insides out. In fact they are the ones called 'scaly custard apple' in the list above - but I liked the small smooth firmer ones I got in India.
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awesome list and links grikoo!
so you're now the official IM tutti-fruiti




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Cool thread....

I am missing chikoo (as a honey sweet fruit growing on a tree is called in Goa)
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oh, sorry, just realized that it's there:

Sapodilla...chikoo
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Good thread, Grikoo! I always wanted to know the names of everything I see in the markets. Now I have a reference book.
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Thanks for the compliments. I'll add more photo links when I have a bit of time.
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All I wish is for the Internet to enable the taste and the aroma right here right now!
I appreciate all the effort that's gone into compiling this basket!
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Thanks Chikoo, sorry, Grikoo.

I'm still not entirely sure what the little yellow fruits were that were ubiquitous in markets, and at roadside stalls selling nothing else, when I was in northern India in February, but suspect they may have been loquats. Can't say I liked them - the taste was best described as cheese flavoured strawberries - slightly savoury.

I much preferred the giant papayas, and chikoo (which was particularly nice stewed with cinnamon & ginger and served with yogurt, and which would make a fantastic crumble).

This week, I am mostly eating mangoes .... (Thank goodness for Atif superstore on my way home from work, selling boxes of Pakistani honey mangoes).
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Thanks grikoo, that is a very useful resource and will be even more so when there are more photo links. (Not that I'm complaining!)

It is always good to see people posting about something they are obviously knowledgeable about, am I right in thinking that plants are your "thing"?

If so, brace yourself for the gardening questions!
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You can find chikoo in Delhi in October; they are very sticky and will gum up your knife! You'll also see hachiya persimmons there on occasion!
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Great list, Grikoo! I can't stand chikoo but Mrs C's idea sounds rather nice - might try this out. Mangos and lychees are all the go up here (Landour)at the moment, and I'm feasting out on them. Lychees not available in Jaisalmer. Jackfruit is but I've never known how to use it and what it is like?
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Thumbs up Painstaking collection

Dear grikoo

Very painstaking compilation....

be ready to answer all fruit questions....

and maybe fruitcake questions as well...







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Originally Posted by brishti View Post awesome list and links grikoo!
so you're now the official IM tutti-fruiti

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Hmmm... which one, the cassata ice cream or the fruitcake

Here is an old link on fruits...

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...e-fruit-t4451/

Why are these not included? ... papaya, pomegranate, dates, Kokam... ??
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