Food Plants International - Plant Fact Sheets Garcinia gummi-gutta - Malabar Tamarind
Edible Portion: Fruit, Leaves, Seeds-Fat, Skin Rind-Spice
A tree. It grows 14 m high. The leaves are sword shaped and 13 cm long. Male and female flowers are separate. Male flowers are yellow and in groups of 3-4 in the axils of leaves. The female flowers are larger and in the axils of leaves near the ends of branches. The fruit is orange coloured and segmented. It is about 5-7 cm across. It has a thin, smooth skin. The pulp is yellow and sweet. There are 6-8 seeds.