Family - Flacourtiaceae
Rukam is a fruit which has originated in South East Asia. It can be se seen bothg wild as well as cultivated in Malaysia. It has also been introduced into Thailand and India.
Fruits a globose, depressed-globose to obovate berry, 2-2.5 cm in diameter, and light-green to pink or purplish-green to dark red with whitish, juicy, acid pulp, crowned by the 4-6 (-8) small peg-like styles set in a circle. Seeds 4-7, flat
The ripe fruit can be eaten raw. Analyses of ripe rukam carried out in the Philippines showed the following contents per 100 g edible portion; Water 77g, protein 1.7 g, fat1.3 g, carbohydrates 15 g, fibre 3.7 g, ash 0.8 g. The energy value is 345 kj/100 g.
Kassim Slamat - Mak Itti Mai Illa