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Bael – a delicious monsoon fruit

June 6, 2010

Bael, or Aegle marmelos, is a member of the orange family (Rutaceae). It is native to the dry monsoon areas of Thailand and India. The tree is characterised by its long thorns, and by leaves of three. Unlike many other members of the orange family, this species has a woody rind. You can discard the seeds and then eat the fresh yellow pulp with a spoon. The fragrance reminds one of passion fruit, but much less acidic. You can use the pulp as a glue to seal envelopes. At Dokmai Garden we boil the dried slices with sugar to make a most delicious caramel-tasting drink. The tree is very easy to grow, and is available in our sales nursery.

Ketsanee Seehamongkol

The dried slices of Bael can be used to make a delicious drink.

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