I found Jungle Jalebi the perfect name for Pithecellobium dulce known as Malnad Hunchikayi in North Karnataka and Seeme Hunase in South Karnataka. I was introduced to this plant by my cousins again in my uncle’s farm. These were planted as a fence around the farm.
Other common names are Sweet Tamarind, Madras Thorn, and Manila Tamarind and belongs to family Leguminosae/ Fabaceae / Mimosaceae.
Jungle Jalebi grows to a height of 14 – 18 meters high with drooping branches with thorns. The leaves are small, pinnate, 6-8 cm long.
Flowers are white and spherical, 1 – 2 cm in diameter with a hairy corolla. The pods are twisted and look like a Jalebi (Indian Sweet) or like a twisted Tamarind.
The pods can be 14 – 18 cm long, 1cm wide with seeds. The seeds are green or black capped with a white pulp. The white pulp is edible, which is tart and sweet to taste.