The chalta fruit, also called elephant apple, has a refreshing aroma and is used in traditional Indian cuisine.
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The wide-spreading branches of the chalta tree grow to form a broad, rounded, shady crown. It can reach a height of 15 metres and a spread of 20 metres. It grows best in full sunlight and should be planted in a well-drained, fertile soil. Trees should be planted prior the rainy season. The tree has a smooth, reddish, thick bark and broad, dark green leaves. It can bear fruit from 3 – 4 years after planting, usually around October. The irregular-shaped fruits emerge from large, showy flowers. The fruit can reach up to 12 cm in diameter and has a bitter, sour taste. Chalta is commonly used in various Indian dishes such as curries, chutneys, jellies and jams.

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Dillenia indica

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