santol Sandoricum koetjape (formerly S. indicum), a fruit tree of Malaysia and elsewhere in SE Asia, which also grows in Mauritius.
It grows fast and produces an abundance of round fruits which have a tough, yellowish-brown rind enclosing five segments of white pulp. This is eaten fresh, dried, or candied, or (as in Thailand) pickled. Filipinos seem to be the greatest enthusiasts for santol, and are breeding trees of superior quality.
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