13 June 2012

Flavour of the Week

Mabolo, more Commonly known as Velvet Apple
is a plant of the genus of ebony trees and closely related to persimmons. The Velvet Apple is an edible fruit that has a skin covered in a fine, velvety fur which is usually reddish-brown, and soft, creamy, pink flesh, with a taste and aroma strangely akin to fruit cream cheese, with underpinnings of apples and bananas. The aroma of the outside of the fruit is unpleasant, most often compared to rotten cheese or cat feces. In fact, in French speaking islands where it grows it is known by names like the "Caca de Chat"- literally, “Cat Shit”. It is native to the Philippines, where kamagong usually refers to the entire tree, and mabolo is applied to the fruit. Velvet apple trees are rarely found in Sri Lanka too.
Fun Fact! True ebony wood comes from trees like the Velvet Apple, which is used in fine musical instrument parts like violin fingerboards, tailpieces and chinrests.

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