Whats this fruit called in English?

May 8, 2008

Here’s what we call “Jamun” in Hindi, and “nAga pazham” (“snake fruit”!) in Tamizh…


I liked the way the pushcart vendor has arranged them in a basket of leaves of the rubber tree. You can see part of her scales, a couple of metric weight-stones, and her pretty bangles, too.

The poster under the leaf-basket is for a local mobile phone company.

The taste of this fruit is tangy, slightly astringent on the tongue. A purple tongue always gives away one’s partiality for jamun…

Here’s the

wiki entry

for this fruit and the tree it comes from. (220813 update).