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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Grewia asiatica, a large, scraggy shrub of the Indian subcontinent, which is cultivated commercially in the Punjab and around Bombay, also on a small scale in the Philippines.

In the spring the shrub bears small berries in pendulous clusters from slender, drooping branches. These need to be continuously harvested as they ripen at different times. As they ripen, the outsides change from green to almost black, and the flesh from whitish-green to purplish-red. They have a sweetish acid taste, can be eaten as a dessert, and are used for fresh drinks and in the soft drink industry.