The Palmyra, Toddy Palm

Mention of this fruit, the Borassus flabellifer, the Asian Palmyra palm, toddy palm or sugar palm in this winter will definitely sound out of season. This is usually available in markets during summers. During my road journey through Chettinad in May 2014, when the summer was at its peak, I spotted this woman selling the edible jelly seeds of palm fruit. The white kernel can be eaten raw. It is juicy and has a light sweet taste. Gulping down a few of them soothed and cooled my mind and body completely.

The lady tried to remove these jelly seeds from the fruit carefully without slashing them. The way she was wielding the big knife to carve out the soft seeds was amazing. Her children were assisting her in her work. She tried to keep the place as neat as possible, but then the flies seemed adamant.

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23 Responses

  1. Nice pictures, but please tell us the name of this fruit. Greetings Albert and Mara from the South of Spain.

  2. Hello Albert the fruit is the Borassus flabellifer, the Asian Palmyra palm, toddy palm or sugar palm.

  3. Nice photos…

    It is locally called 'Nonku' in malayalam & tamil

  4. DIMI says:

    Hello Indrani!!
    Very interesting post!!
    I don't know this fruit!It sounds yammy!Lovely photos!Have a happy day!!
    Dimi…

  5. Marian says:

    nice pictures , the fruit reminds me at a coconut..looks to me that the taste is good

  6. This time the fruit has made its appearance early in Coimbatore – have been seeing it here since December 2014.

  7. Interesting fruit to eat, healthy as well.

  8. I love this fruit. I used to eat it in my childhood in Calcutta. It isn't available in Delhi.

  9. If I have recognised it right then it looked like rounded brinjal( to me) and I thought it to be a vegetable ! Guess its the same.

  10. creative post… fruit seems to be healthy as well as juicy..

  11. Mridula says:

    My daughter loves them!

  12. Najm Nisa says:

    I remember when a guy used to sell them during summer nights, trust me I had no idea what they called them in English until today ! They are excellent in taste and were a favorite during childhood, but its been so many years since I had a chance to eat them again 🙁 Can hardly find anyone selling them at my place. Brings back memories. Plus the way she carefully removes seizes to amaze me too!

  13. Taal shansh!!! I love these !

  14. I love des fruits..miss eating them now

  15. D.Nambiar says:

    It's been ages since I've had these.

  16. taala sajaa…love this stuff

  17. Good old "Taal Sash" as said in Bengali. My favorite in Summer.

    Nice photo documentation of removing of the jelly seeds. Its quite an effort.

  18. remembering my childhood. have had a lot of them in those days.

    Wonderful post.

  19. D. Prabhu says:

    Nice post 🙂 We call this as "tadgola" in marathi. Me and my granny absolutely love this 🙂

  20. Talibonda! I wish to go to my native now!

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