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Litsea garciae, Lepidadenia kawakamii, Litsea kawakamii, Tetradenia kawakamii, Engkala

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 Litsea garciae, Lepidadenia kawakamii, Litsea kawakamii, Tetradenia kawakamii
Family: Lauraceae
Engkala
Origin: Southeast Asia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterEdibleUltra tropical, min. temperature 55F

Engkala - rare exotic fruit tree. Small fruit, with pink to purple skin and excellent delicate, avocado-like flavor. The fruits are little known, but reputedly well-liked by those who have had the chance to try them. Eaten fresh or used to prepare foods. The fruit can be used in the same way as the avocado. Litsea seeds contain fats that are used in the production of soaps and candles. The tree comes from Sarawak and South-west Sabah where it can be seen growing along riverbanks and scattered near villages. The foliage looks somewhat like that of the avocado, however the leaves are longer and droop more gracefully. There have been attempts to cultivate the engkala in Java. The round fruits (35 to 45 mm in diameter), flattened top and bottom, have thin, edible bright pink skins. Medium to thick flesh surrounds the single, avocado-like seed (1"). It is creamy-white and similar to avocado, but softer with a more delicate flavor. The fruit is prepared by rolling it around a basket, or hitting it with the back of a spoon. The seeds are a source of fat and are used to manufacture candles and soap. The engkala grows rapidly and tolerates high light levels if well watered.


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 Litsea garciae, Lepidadenia kawakamii, Litsea kawakamii, Tetradenia kawakamii, Engkala

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Litsea garciae, Lepidadenia kawakamii, Litsea kawakamii, Tetradenia kawakamii, Engkala

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