Bignay, Buni, Salamander Tree
This interesting fruit tree in the Euphorbiaceae family bears large quantities of small, sweet-sour and slightly astringent berries, densely packed on fruiting stalks like small black currants. They can be eaten fresh or used for making juices and jams. Even though it is widely cultivated and relatively common throughout its scattered range from India to southern China and Malesia, the Bignay nevertheless deserves a wider audience in other warm zones of the globe. With ample moisture and good light, it is a very fast growing tree and can start fruiting within 4 to 5 years. Despite its tropical origin, it is suitable even for some warm temperate climates and there are reports that it has grown and fruited well for instance in Central Florida.