Fragrant Manjack – Cordia dichotoma

Fragrant Manjack, Cordia dichotoma, also known as Glue Berry is a deciduous, small to medium fruit bearing tree, with a short trunk and spreading crown. The stem bark is grayish brown, smooth or wrinkled along the length of the trunk. Fragrant Manjack is native of most of tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and Australasia. It is found in altitudes from 200 to 1500 meters, in a mixture of forests including moist and semi-arid, but thrives along streams or areas where moisture is available.

Cordia dichotoma leaves are alternate elliptic- narrow ovate to broadly ovate, 7-15cm long with 2.5-5 cm long stalk, 3-5 basal veins and a rough feel. Leaves make a good animal fodder. Flowers are small, short-stalked and bisexual, white in color appearing from March to May and open only at night.

Fragrant Manjack Fruit

Fragrant Manjack fruit is spherical, cherry-sized (1.2-2.5 cm long), shiny, pinkish-yellow or yellow that turns black on ripening, fleshy with viscid pulp and a hard stone containing 1-4 edible (medicinal) seeds. Fruit appears strait after flowering, from March through August, depending on regions. It is edible and it is eaten row when ripe or pickled when immature used in traditional dishes.

Green, unripe fruit has a sour taste and keeps well up to a month in the refrigerator. The ripe fruit has a gelatinous, slimy, mucous-like flesh but is tasteful and sugary. It will keep only for one week in similar conditions. Fruit does not need peeling. Oil obtained from the fruit pulp and the kernels is also edible. Fruit also has medicinal uses.

Fragrant Manjack Fruit Propagation Methods

Plant propagation is by seed in cultivation or dispersed by birds and monkeys. Germination begins in about four weeksYoung seedlings need protection from hot sun and are frost sensitive. Cordia dichotoma is a member of the Cordiaceae family the genus Cordia.

Fragrant Manjack, Cordia dichotoma

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