Calumpang Nut

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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calumpang nut from the tree Buchanania lanzan. This member of the cashew family is native to India and Burma and is cultivated there and in SE Asia. Other members of the genus are found throughout SE Asia and in N. Australia.

The acid fruits are edible, but of less importance than the kernels. These are irregularly round or pear-shaped and about 6 mm (0.25") long. They resemble almonds and pistachio nuts in flavour, and are popular in sweetmeats such as shrikhand in India, and elsewhere. Some are exported to western countries as ‘almondettes’.