Trinidad & Tobago
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Fruit of the Vangueria madagascariensis tree which is a species of flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family native to the African continent having edible fruit. It is a large, orange fruit that is edible and often consumed locally.
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Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Imelda Negretti
9 years ago

We called it tambran desen but it grows on a shrup like tree not very tall and is half the size of a tennis ball. The skin is leathery and when brown it is read to eat. You first foll between your hands until it becomes soft on the inside then you squeeze the leathery skin until it rips open and there is this brown soft sweet/sour custard. There is a seed

St. Lucia
St. Lucia
MARCIA MATHIEU
7 years ago

WE HAVE THEM IN ST LUCIA BUT IS IN THE COUNTRY AREA. U HAVE TO SOFTENED IT BY ROLLING IT YOU HAND TO EAT, HAD IT ONCE OR TWICE NOT FOUND IN THE CITY

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
John Oba
7 years ago

I think we call this Sapodilla in Trinidad. Tambran in longer the shell is brittle.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
TriniCherry
7 years ago

@John Oba it is Chinese tamarind. Sapodilla is much larger . The Chinese tamarind tree grows to about 9 to 10 feet high and shrub like whereas the Sapodilla grows up to 20 feet in height.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
7 years ago

Have only ever seen this in Dominica. I know it as tarmarind desen (tambran desen). It is not at all like a sapodilla. I wish I could find it in Trinidad!

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
dex
6 years ago

I have a tree in my backyard and waiting patiently for it to bear...it is about two years old and maybe 3 feet tall. The leaves resemble the noni leaves.but more leathery..not shiny

St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Anita
6 years ago

I have been searching for this fruit and its scientific name online for a long time. I finally found it here. I have a tree in my back yard which I planted. It bears only once a year. After the fruit forms on the tree it takes many many months to get ripe (brown). It's however really worth the wait.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Lloyd
5 years ago

I have a few trees in my garden .that a riping now ..yummy

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Tish
5 years ago

Well I thought dis was called rolling cherry...lolzzz... ah shameπŸ˜‚

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Geri
5 years ago

Anyone knows where I can buy a plant? πŸ™πŸΌ

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Harry
5 years ago

Chinee tambran - After many months of waiting at this time of the year it ripes (gets soft and changes from light green to brown in colour). It grows very easily by setting the seed and keeping it moist. Each round pod contains about 3 seeds.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Che
5 years ago

Geri - Try La Pastora Plant Propagation Station, Santa Cruz (Min. Of Agriculture). Chinee tambran is also called Tambran dayzah. Check out tree/fruit at website http://valenciaecoresort.com/fruits-trees/

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Geri
5 years ago

Hi Che, Thank you πŸ™πŸΌ

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
John Ro
4 years ago

Tamarind Daysan is one of my childhood favourite. Growing up in Santa Cruz there was a lot of trees in and around the area. We used to pick them when they were green at times but full, wrap them in brown paper bags or newspaper and put them to ripe. Really delicious fruit.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
sherwin
4 years ago

that was my favorite back in the days in trinidad

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Denise Sheppard makoul
4 years ago

Yuh know how long I have been trying to find some one who knows abowt tambram Daysan . Just to day I went in search of a tree in Tobago. I found one but Tobago ppl don't seen to know about it. I could also b a family to Balata. I saw some trees at Baileaf Hill. If on I can get a fruit ...the birds eat them all. I can't even find a seed to plant.😭

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Denise Sheppard makoul
4 years ago

* It could also be a family to Balata.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Denise Sheppard makoul
4 years ago

Hmmmm, again I went in search of the tambram Daysan tree. I saw many trees with the fruits that resemble tambram daysah but all on the ground was only shells no seed. I was so excited be thinking I cud finally get a seed to plant, so b I picked one and crushed it but ..I saw many small seeds like those of passion fruit. The leaves of the tree look the same as Noni tree, same hard shell n custardy

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Clair
3 years ago

I planted 1 in port of Spain on d compound where I live.. it is bearing but d children pick all off and destroyed them πŸ˜“πŸ˜€πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
SamE
3 years ago

Chinese Tamarind, Spanish Tamarind https://azmartinique.com/en/all-to-know/fruits-vegetables/spanish-tamarind-tamarin-des-indes

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Cheryl-Ann Philip
3 years ago

Love this so much!! Knew it as Chinee tambran in school!! πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸΎ

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Stephen Chadee
3 years ago

Anyone knows how to germinate the seed

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Laura
3 years ago

I know the fruit as Chinese tamarind. Always wanted to know how it tasted. Tried it for the first time today. There are a lot of trees in the Quassie San Juan and full of fruits. It seems like it's there for decorative purposes. All the fruits ripens and fall to waste. I think perhaps people don't know about it.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
3 years ago

Tamarind (Chinese) Product Scientific Name: Vangueria madagascariensis ( Syn. Vangueria edulis Lam., Vangueria edulis Vahl) Product Short Description: Chinese Tamarind is a species of flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family, native to the African continent. It is commonly known by the names Spanish-tamarind, tambran dayzah or tambran desen.

Jamaica
Jamaica
Bobby
2 years ago

also called Spanish tamarind, anways aside from being eaten raw, some turn the Chinee Tambran fruit into jams and chutneys.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Kyle Antoine
2 years ago

Laura, where in Kroisee, San Juan did you find these tamarind desa trees?

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Lystra
2 years ago

This is a Chinese tamarin , not a sapadola I had a tree in the garden

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Nalini
2 years ago

Can anyone spare couple of seeds please

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Avi
last year

We have a couple trees at home. Not sure where you can buy the seeds though.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Maureen Bailey
last year

I will like to get some seeds to buy.

St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Zip
last year

Tamarin desen have a tree in my uncle backyard good for high blood pressure and taste good. we need to stop cutting down those local trees.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Elliot
last year

Tamarind des Indes (the French patois name), from which we get tambran dazan.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Christine
4 months ago

I planted a seed but not anything growing. Does this fruit grow from seeds? What does the young seedling look like?

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De Freitas Errol
last month

We had a row of tambran deysan marking the boundry bore lot of fruits