Msau is delicious. Now, what exactly is it?
July 17, 2011 9:48 PM Subscribe
African-fruit-filter: Msau: what is it?
posted by palindromic to Food & Drink (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am in Malawi, and my favorite snack here is a fruit called msau. Msau grow on trees. They are about the size of a large grape, with an apple-like texture and a stone/pit in the center. The flavor varies from tree to tree, with some trees producing sweet and apple-like flavored fruits, while other trees produce more sour fruits. They have a shelf-life of about 1-2 days from picking, after which time they turn a reddish brown color and the insides become mushy. The flavor then more closely resembles a fancy cheese of some sort.
I don't know any alternate names for this fruit. I've googled msau, africa, and fruit, but only get 1 citation for a ethnopharmacology paper in Tanzania (and lots of hits for a Russian agricultural college).
I would like to know: other regional names for the fruit, a Linnaean name (if possible), and what, if any, similar fruits might be available for my greedy snackery once I return to the US.