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Rutaceae, Murraya koenigii, Curry tree, Southeast Asia

March 1, 2008

The curry tree originated in India and Sri Lanka where it is widely cultivated. The species has been an important part of Indian culture for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. Used as a traditional medicine, for flavoring, and as a fruit.

Over the centuries the tree has been introduced to many tropical and subtropical areas of the world by Indian immigrants who will use it daily as an essential part of their cusine.

Curry tree is well known in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

It remains rare and unexploited in the Americas.

M. koenigii serves as excellent evergreen living fence, windbreaks. The wood is very resistant and is used to make tool handles and such. The leaves and bark and fruit have numerous medicinal properties. The fruit is edible and the leaves and seeds contain an aromatic oil used in perfumes.

Curry tree is closely related to the East Asian mock orange (M. paniculata, previously M. exotica).

In my experience, people familiar with Asian cuisine always very excited to see this tree.

Trees flower and fruit profusely, multiple times a year. The flowers are very fragrant, attracting honey bees and hummingbirds. Larger trees create a nice dappled shade.

Curry tree grows in tropical and subtropical climates up to 1,800 meters above sea level and requires well drained soils. It seems to be reasonably drought tolerant. I have year old trees in two and a half and five gallon buckets flowering and fruiting for the second time. Once in the ground the tree grows rapidly.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Pamela permalink
    January 16, 2009 10:08:17 am

    I have curry leaf plants and they are full of dark puple coloured fruits.

    What are the uses of curry leaf fruits? Are they good to eat? Please advise. thanks

  2. Pamela permalink
    March 17, 2009 10:08:39 am

    *grabs throat*

  3. November 16, 2009 10:08:16 am

    De nouveaux principes actifs ont été découverts dans les racines : ils suppriment, chez les souris, les cellules cancéreuses du mélanome et de la leucémie.
    Où en acheter en Nouvelle-Calédonie ?

    • November 16, 2009 10:08:40 am

      Très intéressant. Merci du commentaire. Je ne sais pas où acheter des graines en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Probablement je pourrais t’envoyer des graines du Panama. Ils germent très facilement et se développent relativement rapidement. Très sécheresse tolérante. Veuillez excuser mon français inférieur.


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