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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

NAM NAM

Common Name: Nam Nam
Vernacular Name: Katak Pura, Namnam, Nam-nam
Botanical Name: Cynometra cauliflora
Specimens From: Malaysia
Specimens Weight: 24 gms [0.9 oz] (average wgt per fruit)


Nam nam or nam nam fruit is native to Malaysia and it can be found in South East Asia, India and Sri Lanka. It is classified in the same family of the common "groundnut" or peanut.

This fruit is somewhat flattened and usually semicircle or kidney-shaped. The surface of the pod is rough and wrinkled. It is dull green and will turn yellowish-brown when it matures.

The single, flat seed is similar shaped to the fruit pod and is yellow to brown, depending on the ripeness of the fruit. The flesh is edible and it tastes sour and mildly sweet. But it is not popular for fresh consumption as it is cultivated in some countries mainly for the seed's oil that can be used for medicinal purposes.


Fruit: Nam nam; Cynometra cauliflora; Fabaceae.


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13 comments:

Cathy said...

Thanks for the info. Not yet seen this fruit, but have in our community a fruit that is very similar with this.:)

Cheers,
Cathy@Foods that are not Good for Your Heart

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Maya Lee said...

i have not know this fruit until now that you mentioned about it. Thanks for the info.

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pet food said...

This is my first time to see this fruit. And I am curious it the taste is like a nut.

Katie M said...

This is definitely a new fruit for me to learn about, although that is not hard since I'm not very adventurous when it comes to produce. I am also curious about what both the skin and the nut taste like. I think it kind of looks like a tiny brain before it is open- I wonder if that is a strange site seeing hundreds of them hanging off a tree. Are these commonly seen in markets in Southeast Asia, or are they more rurally used? Also, what are some uses for the oil?

Real Noni said...

Never heard of this fruit. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the post.

Amar said...

That's fruit pic are funny and beautiful , I just want to eat them, Thanks so much for these unique fruits pics

bintuhanafi said...

hi....glad to found your informative blog...

i have nam nam tree at my hometown...

it doesn't taste like nut, it has sourish taste especially for the very young fruit...

how can i found the chemical composition of this fruit...i think i need to research on my own...~

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sharmilabanu said...

really pretty, i haven't yet heard about this fruit, if it is surely good for health then i'll add it in my <a href="http://www.newdietingtips.com/dieting_articles/healthy_diet_plan_tips.html>healthy diet plans</a>.

www.budgetgadgets.com said...

totally agreen with "Katie" it kind of looks like a tiny brain before it is open..

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