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Dinesh Valke

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Clusiaceae (garcinia family) » Garcinia indica
Synonyms: Brindonia indica, Garcinia purpurea


gar-SIN-ee-uh -- named for Laurent Garcen, French botanist who was active in India
IN-dih-kuh or in-DEE-kuh -- of or from India


commonly known as: butter tree, Goa butter, Indian tallow tree, kokam, red mango • Gujarati: કોકમ kokam • Kannada: ಮುರ್ಗಿನ murgina, ಪುನರ್ಪುಳಿ punarpuli • Konkani: भिरींड bhirind, कोकम kokam • Malayalam: കാട്ടമ്പി kaattampi, കൊക്കം kokkam • Marathi: भेरंड bheranda, भिरंड bhiranda, कोकंब kokamba, कोकंबी kokambi, रातंबा ratamba, रातंबी ratambi, तांबडा आंबा tambada amba • Oriya: tintali • Sanskrit: वृक्षामला vrikshamla


Endemic to: India (Konkan and Western Ghats); elsewhere cultivated


Edible use:
... pulp of ripe fruit (as FRUIT) ... used for making sherbat
... pulp of slightly under-ripe fruit (as VEGETABLE) ... used for making sol kadi served along with meal
... dried rind of fruit (as SPICE) ... preferred substitute for tamarind in kitchens of Konkan

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