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Aduas Tree

Posted on May 11, 2020 | No Comments on Aduas Tree

The Philippines is known for the diversity and richness of its natural resources. Unfortunately, there is minimal research and knowledge of the food potentials of the plant resources that are abundantly available in the country. One of the common trees whose benefits are often neglected is the aduas tree.

The Aduas tree is a common botanical tree in the Philippines with a scientific name “Dracontomelum Edule”. Because of the tree’s ubiquity, it is known in the Philippines in many different local names. It is called palatangan in Ilocos, lamio in Laguna, bili-bili in Tablas, mabka in Camarines, lauhau in Leyte and aduas in Rizal, Nueva Ecija and in most Tagalog speaking provinces. Thus, the tree is commonly distributed and grown across the country.

The aduas tree is a fairly big tree which reaches up 25 meters high with a trunk that has a diameter of 100 cm or more. It has sturdy uneven twigs and branches with dark to gray-brown, flat, shedding off in large rounded blotches which are plainly marked. Its leaves are compound and alternating which can be as 60 cm long, clustered at the ends of the stems. The leaflets are oblong, bushy with acuminate highpoint and are circuitously curved base. It flowers are rather small compared to its leaves and branches that come compounded. The fruit is colored yellow with compressed drupe that is around 3 to 4 inches in diameter.

The yellow fruit of the aduas tree is edible and can therefore be eaten raw. The drupe has a slim layer of pulp around the solid seed which. On the other hand, the young leaves and fruits are may be used as fish or meat aide for added flavoring and to provide dishes with appetizing scent and taste. In some cases, the sour fruit is used for souring soup particularly sinigang. Thus, it is used as a substitute for tamarind. Because the trunk of this tree is very hard, its lumber is usually used for manufacturing musical instruments such as guitar. It can also be used for making wood crafts such as bowls, spoons and platters.

The aduas tree may be propagated by means of seed dispersal. However, since it’s very common in the Philippines, it is not really being propagated by townsfolk but it normally depend on strong winds and fortuitous intervention of animals for the tree to be transmitted.

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