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Bouea burmanica, Bouea macrophylla, Marian plum, Maprang, Ma-praang, Gandaria

Bouea burmanica, Bouea macrophylla

Marian plum, Maprang, Ma-praang, Gandaria
Family: Anacardiaceae
Origin: North Sumatra, Malaysia and West Java
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterEdibleUltra tropical, min. temperature 55F

Small tree with edible orange fruit that looks like a small mango or apricot. Maprang fruits, especially the sweet varieties, are consumed fresh or eaten cooked in syrup. Entire immature fruits are chopped and used as an ingredient in the spicy condiment sambal, and are pickled to prepare asinan. Young leaves are also consumed in salads and eaten with sambal. Propagated by seed, air layers or grafting. It is becoming a popular fruit tree in Thailand. It is commonly grown as home garden trees and the cultivation is expanding to small orchards. The Thai Government is trying to help in exporting this fruit as some Thai firms have started to advertise ma-praang fruit for export.

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