Fruits of the Forest (Feb-March)
Updated: Mar 15, 2019
Camilla is our first volunteer for 2019. She is rather green (fresh) and is enjoying every minute of being at Belipola. In her words "it is the most amazing and DEEP forest I have experienced".
<Pic LEFT fruits of the forest that are now in season!
Plinia cauliflora, the Brazilian grapetree, jaboticaba or jabuticaba
Inga species, most notably Inga edulis (commonly known as "ice-cream-bean" or, in Spanish, "guama", "guaba", "guaba de bejuco" or "paterna" depending on the country or region) often have edible pulp. The name derives from the fact that those of I. edulis resembles vanilla ice cream in flavour.
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Too exotic for you???
Jambu fruit (Syzygium samarangense or Eugenia javanica) goes by many common names, including wax apple, java apple, samarang rose apple and jumrool.
A thambili (King Coconut) and seeds from the forest floor including a notably native seed of
Aleurites moluccanus - (Sinhalese name - Thel Kekuna) and
Delonix regia - a species of flowering plant in the bean family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers.
Aleurites moluccanus - Seed of this tree was used by natives in Sri Lanka for burning flame torches (derivative oil from the seed) before a dependency on fossil fuels were created by the colonists.