Wood apple

Everyone at home, but me, loves wood apple/ vilam palam/ divul. I guess most people in Sri Lanka like wood apple as one of the popular, local cordials and jams is wood apple based. Wood apples have a strong smell that you either like or dislike. I don’t think there are many who have an in-between stance.

Wood apple (limonia acidissima) is rich in beta carotene. Wood apple is said to be good not only for the digestive system but is also said to mitigate breast cancer.

In Sri Lanka, the most common way of consuming wood apple is either as a juice or as dessert.

Wood apple

(a) Wood apple juice with coconut ice

Ingredients:

  • Wood apple – 1
  • Coconut milk – 2 tbsp
  • Sugar, to taste

Method:

  1. Pour the coconut milk into an ice-cube tray and freeze.
  2. Break the shell of the woodapple and extract the pulpy fruit. Blend with water and sugar, to taste.
  3. Either strain out the juice or simply use a spoon and remove some of the fibrous substances from the juice.
  4. Top with the coconut cubes and serve, chilled.

 (b) Wood apple cream

Ingredients:

  • Wood apple – 1
  • Coconut milk – ¼ cup
  • Sugar, to taste

Method:

  1. Whisk together the wood apple, coconut milk and sugar, to taste.
  2. Chill and serve as dessert.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.

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