Ambarella: DWARF #8 / (Bengali = বিলিতি আমড়া)

Ambarella: DWARF  #8   /   (Bengali = বিলিতি আমড়া)


In Bangladesh and in India, there is another similar looking fruit called Amra;

Bangla = দেশী আমড়া
Sc. Name = Spondias pinnata
Tetiaroa, Tahaa, Tupai, Maupiti – 4 small islands.
Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Tahiti – 5 large

Those are the names that come to your mind when you dream of your ideal vacation in some distant tropical island paradise with azure blue water and with Coconut palms swaying in balmy breeze. Those names had been made famous by the likes of a French artist named Paul Gauguin and in recent times by an American actor named Marlon Brando.

These islands, spread around 17 Deg. South and 155 Deg. West in the Pacific Ocean, constitute what is known as the Society Islands.

This is supposedly where the Ambarella (Spondias dulcis or Spondias cytherea) originated.

SPONDIAS = Greek for Plum
DULCIS = Sweet

The first outsider to see and record the existence of Ambarella here was one Joseph Banks and his party in the summer of 1769, who saw trees as high as 60 to 70 ft.

Captain Bligh of the "Mutiny On The Bounty" fame is credited with bringing Ambarella to Jamaica in 1792.

Spondias dulcis = Journal Of A Voyage To The South Seas, 39, 1773.

Spondias cytherea = Voyage Aux Indes Orientales, 3:242, t.123. 1782.
Ambado – Konkani
Ambazhanga – Malayalam
Amra, Biliti – Bengali
Amte kai – Kannada
Omora (অমৰা) – Assamese
Ambarella – Dutch
Ambarella (ඇඹරැල්ලා) -Sinhalese
Amrah – Caribbean Hindustani
Buah umbra – Malay
Chook-chook plum – Sierra Leone
Cóc – Vietnamese
Embe kizungu – Tanzania
Evi – Réunion
Frisiter – Seychelles
Fruit Cythère – Mauritius
Golden apple – Barbados
Golden apple – Guyana
Golden apple – St Lucia
Golden plum – Belize, Liberia
Gway – Burmese
Hevi – the Philippines
Jobo indio – Spanish
Kedondong – Indonesian
Makok farang – Thai
Manzana de oro – Dominican Republic
Mkak (ម្កាក់) – Khmer
Mokah – Cambodian
Ponm sité, pomme cythère – Dominica
Prune cythère, pomme cythère – French
Vī – Samoan
Vī – Tongan
Wi apple – Hawaiian
======================================================Ambarella (not to be confused with Mombin or Spondias purpurea) is variously called,
June Plum
Hog Plum
Golden Apple
Otaheite Apple
Jew Plum
Wi Apple
Tahitian Quince
Polynesian Plum
1 whole fruit, 1 cut in half vertically and 1 cut in half horizontally.
Spondias cytherea or Spondias dulcis
Family Anacardiaceae
Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Posted by >3Point141 on 2012-10-05 03:33:26