(Spondias tuberosa — Family Anacardiaceae)
Imbu is a tropical fruit related to the mombin. It grows wild in the northern Brazil but occasionally cultivated.
To some, it is the best of its species. In appearance, the fruit is likened to a greengage plum, between one and two inches in length and greenish yellow in colour.
The skin is thicker than that of a plum and quite tough.
When ripe, the flavour is juicy and suggestive of that of an orange; but, if eaten before it is fully ripe, it is slightly acidic.
The fruit is usually eaten fresh, but more often it is used to make a jelly and the famous Brazilian dish, imbuzada. This greenish white dessert is prepared by adding the juice of the fruit to boiled, sweetened milk.