Tembusu, Fagraea fragrans (มันปลา ; man bplaa)

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Fagraea fragrans

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Northern Provinces and Issan: มันปลา (man bplaa). Southern Provinces: ตำแสง ตำเสา ทำเสา (dtam saaeng, dtam sao, tham sao).

Young leaves are slightly astringent and are consumed alongside chili relishes or laap dishes.

The tembusu is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae, native to Southeast Asia (from Indo-China to New Guinea). It is the Malay name for Cyrtophyllum fragrans (synonym Fagraea fragrans).

Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. The tree grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25 metres high, with light green oval-shaped leaves, and yellowish flowers with a distinct fragrance. The fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by Pteropus fruit bats. [1]Wikipedia

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