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Fabaceae, Dialium cochinchinensis – Vietnam

October 17, 2011

Below are photos of Dialium cochinchinensis, a wild fruit from the dry tropical forests of S. Vietnam. As you can see in the photo, the outside is somewhat fuzzy. Inside you find a dry, almost powdery pulp surrounding a smooth seed. The taste is reminiscent of tamarind, the texture is closer to that of Algarobo (Hymenea coubaril). In local markets they sell for 70,000 VND, which is quite pricey in comparison to other fruit.

The fruit is very similar to the West African Dialium guineese, also known as Velvet Tamarind.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2011 10:08:17 pm

    I know what these are but the Vietnamese name escapes me. I live in America for too long to remember the name, but I do have some retention of its taste.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    October 8, 2012 10:08:30 am

    Minh says it is Dialium cochinchinensis.

    • October 8, 2012 10:08:01 am

      Thanks Patrick. Looks right to me. Try to find it if you can, it’s a great fruit, reminiscent of tamarind, different texture.

  3. lee permalink
    November 10, 2014 10:08:37 am

    Dialium guineense

    • November 10, 2014 10:08:20 pm

      Thanks for the ID! Interesting… I wonder how it made its way out to a little rural village in S. Vietnam?

    • November 10, 2014 10:08:08 pm

      Lee, I just noted in the comments that someone had ID this as Dialium cochinchinensis a while back and I forgot to update. D. cochinchinensis looks quite similar to D. guinensis only apparently native to SE Asia.

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