Mar 20, 2012
Interesting Trees At The Farm - II
One of my favourite fruits is the Nam Nam, or katak puru (toad).
It’s a short shrubby tree, and really quite pleasing to the eye. I can picture it potted in a large pot and acting as a centre piece in a home garden.
The fruits grow on the tree trunk itself; how's that for a conversation piece!
All you need to do is stoop down and pluck off ripe ones.
A cluster of fruits
A ripe fruit
The inside of the fruit.
I like to munch it raw with skin intact. It is tart, sour, sweet, fragrant and crunchy when freshly plucked from the tree. Wait a day, and it looses its crunchiness. Kampung (village) folks say both the fruits, and the leaves made into a tea, aids in relieving kidney stones, diabetes and high blood pressure.
It is easily marcotted / air layered, and almost always survives planting. Nam Nam grown from seeds takes up to 6 years to fruit. I believe marcotted ones should take about a couple of years. We shall see.