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  • n. A plant of Sierra Leone (formerly Roupellia grata) that yields a wholesome, creamy juice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of Sierra Leone which yields a wholesome, creamy juice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An edible, cream-like, juicy fruit, found in Sierra Leone, western Africa, said to be produced by some apocynaceous plant.


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  • I made this cream-fruit pulp mixture and stuck it in the freezer, and since I don't own an ice cream maker, I simply removed it 4 times (on the hour every hour) and stirred it around with a fork to break up the ice crystals.

    Archive 2005-06-01


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  • Got it. I think it goes on one of my lists anyway, which is a shorter solution than a field trip to Sierra Leone. Thanks c_b.

    August 25, 2008

  • Sorry, bilby, just saw your comment here. I looked this up in the OED (finally) and found this:

    "The juicy, cream-like fruit of a plant found in Sierra Leone. The name has been applied to an apocynaceous plant, Roupellia grata, which was believed to yield the fruit." Sounds like it isn't custard apple after all.

    August 25, 2008

  • Custard apple?

    July 18, 2008

  • Don't know what this is, but it sure sounds good.

    "...stalls with fruit and vegetables of every kind, brilliant in the morning sun: plantains, bananas, papaws, guavas, oranges, limes, melons, pineapples, pigeon-peas, ockra, cream-fruit, sweet-sops, coco-nuts; and close-woven baskets full of rice, maize, millet, grains of Paradise, as well as yams and cassava and some sugar-cane..."

    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 203

    March 18, 2008