Species: M. elengi
English Names: Spanish cherry medlar, bullet wood
Hindi Name: Maulsari
Sanskrit Name: Bakul
Marathi Name: Bakul
Assamese Name: Bokul
Malayalam Name: Elanji
Manipuri Name: Elanji
Tamil Name: Magizamaram and ilanji
Kannada Name: Ranja Bakula, Pagade Mara, Vajradhanthi
Bullet Wood or Mimusops Elengi is an evergreen tree of medium size mostly found in tropical forests in South and Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. It yields edible fruits, and its timber is valuable.
These plant parts are used in traditional medicine. The flowers of this tree have pleasant fragrances. This tree provides thick shade, so it is the most priced plant for gardens and parks.
Its flower is the official flower of Yala Province Thailand. The edible fruit is softly hairy. It will be smooth ovoid bright red-orange when riped. The wood of this tree is luxurious that is extremely strong and tough with deep red color.
Even after they dried, the fragrance of its flowers is retained and used to make ornamental garlands used in pooja throughout India.
- Its edible fruits can be eaten raw, cooked, or processed.
- The seed oil is used for cooking, making paint, lighting.
- Raw seeds are used to make necklaces.
- Flowers are used as fillings in pillows, decorative crafts, and aesthetics.
There are various health benefits of Spanish Cherry. Some of the best remedies include;
- Bloom time: February to April
- Height: 8.00 to 20.00 feet
- Difficulty level: easy to grow
- Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
- Soil: Well-drained soil
- Water: Medium
- Temperature: 3°C