||Greek for plum, because of the fruits
|| Sweet or tender; in reference to the fruit
||Poupartia dulcis (Parkinson) Blume, Evia dulcis (Parkinson) Kosterm.
||Exotic: Cultivated Only
Spondias dulcis is a small tree (though reportedly up to 18m in the wild) often cultivated by residents as food. Its leaves are imparipinnate, and the blades of the leaflets are slightly serrated. The green fruit is oval and usually with a slight bean-shaped curve. It ripen to yellow-gold after detaching from the tree.
The leaves and fruits of the Balonglong are edible. The fruit can be eaten raw, used as "jam, jellies, or juices" (Verheij, 1991), or as an ingredient in some variants of Rojak in Malaysia and Indonesia.
A young tree in Hougang.
Leaf edge close-up, showing the serration.
ReferencesVerheij EWM. (1991) Spondias cytherea Sonnerat. In: Verheij, E.W.M. and Coronel, R.E. (Editors). Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 2: Edible fruits and nuts. Pudoc, Wageningen, The Netherlands, pp 287-288.
Posted Date: 2015-05-01 / Modified Date: 2015-05-02