Bimbli Pickle

The other day on one of our jaunts, came across a tree laden with Bimblis (cucumber tree or tree sorrel).

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The Bimbli tree

The unripe fruit is crunchy and has a sharp acidic sour taste. It’s a tree that grows well in coastal climates and I had earlier tasted the fruit in Goa where it’s locally known as Bimbli. Outside Asia one of the countries the tree is cultivated in, is Zanzibar.

We plucked a couple of handfuls but you can’t eat more than one or two and that left me wondering as to what to do with the rest. Took the usual route and searched the net and came across a pickle recipe (http://nimisrecipes.com/veg/irumban-puli-achar-bilimbi-pickle/) which seemed simple and straight forward. Turned out well, and we are considering heading back to the tree! 🙂

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