Bouea burmanica, also known as Marian Plum or Ma-praang, is a small tree native to North Sumatra, Malaysia, and West Java. It grows to a height of 10 to 20 feet and has smooth, dark green leaves. This plant requires full sun or semi-shade and regular watering to thrive. It is hardy in USDA Zone 10 to 11 and prefers temperatures no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Marian Plum is a fruitful tree, producing an abundance of edible orange fruits. It has a unique flavor that is reminiscent of mango or apricot, making it an excellent choice for a fresh snack or cooked in syrup. The immature fruits can be chopped into salads or pickled, and the young leaves can be eaten with sambal to add a layer of vibrant flavor. Beyond its delicious taste, the Marian Plum also offers a variety of health benefits; its rich vitamins, minerals and antioxidants make it a power-packed addition to any diet.
The Marian Plum has become increasingly popular within Thailand as a home garden tree, and its cultivation is steadily increasing. It is even being exported to other countries by Thai firms who advertise it as a specialty fruit.