Garcinia cambogiaFamily name:
Cambodge or Malabar Tamarind is a tropical fruit. The berry, in yellow or red colour, has 6-8 grooves. It has blunt lobes with tough rind, succulent aril and 6-8 seeds. The rind is dried to obtain the spice.
The tree is a native of Western Ghats from Konkan to the south down to Kerala. It is a common tree in Kerala. Cambodge is also found largely in Karnataka.
It is a flavouring agent for ethnic fish delicacies in Kerala. Cambodge rind is rich in hydroxyl citric acid and is used in the manufacturing of anti-obesity drugs.