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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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jambu a name of Sanskrit origin, which is applied in Malaysia and Indonesia to several quite different kinds of fruit. In Malaysia it bears the general meaning of a cultivated, as opposed to a wild, plant; but it is most commonly used to refer to the jambolan and various sorts of rose-apple. The same is true of Indonesia, although here it may refer also to several plants of other genera. Examples include jambu batu (stone jambu), also known as guava (Psidium guajava); and jambu met, which is the cashew fruit (Anacardium occidentale).