The Bullet Wood fruit whose other names include Spanish Cherry, Tanjong Fruit, Indian Medlar and Caqui Fruit…scientific name Manilkara kauki is grown here in Thailand its really another backyard fruit and is generally found on small market stalls where the produce that they sell is from their land and it is generally in small quantities.
Its botanical name is Mimusops elengi L…it has been used by traditional medicine practitioners for centuries and is mentioned in the Ayurvedic Scriptures.
All parts of the tree are used the leaves, bark, flowers, seeds, roots and fruit to treat various diseases especially dental disorders.
Called the Bakula tree in India its very pretty flowers are offered to the gods…Jains and Buddhists consider the tree to be sacred.
According to Vamana Purana, the flowers are used in worshipping Lord Vishnu. It is one of the few species whose flowers can be collected from the ground and offered in worship. The seeds are offered to Lord Shiva. The tree is often grown near mausoleums in South India.
Fruit edible raw, cooked, pickled, seed oil is used for cooking but also used for lamps… Bark oil is used in making perfume. Flowers are used for the preparation of an otto used in perfumes and as a stimulant. Blossoms are sometimes used to make potpourris.
I’ll now pass you over to the weird fruit explore who luckily found some of these fruits on a stall in Bangkok here he tastes it and with the utmost honesty gives you his thoughts.
Thank you for popping by I hope you enjoyed learning about this rare fruit see you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets always a popular post…x