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Buchanania lanzan - Spreng.

Common Name Almondette, Charoli Nut
Family Anacardiaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats In open and dry forests on poor soils[ 310 ]. Lowland forests in southern China at elevations of 100 - 900 metres[ 310 ].
Range E. Asia - southern China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Buchanania lanzan Almondette, Charoli Nut
Buchanania lanzan Almondette, Charoli Nut User:Badagnani

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Buchanania lanzan or Almondette is an evergreen tree that grows around 18 m tall and is found in East Asia. The fruit is eaten fresh or dried for later consumption. Almondette has an almond-flavoured seeds known as ?charoli? that is used mainly in India as a cooking spice and dessert. The seed produces oil with a sweet flavour and pleasant scent thus it can be used as substitute for almond or olive oil. Moreover, it is used in Ayurveda and Unani medicine. Gum obtained from the tree is used as treatment for leprosy. The roots, on the other hand, are used against diarrhoea, the leaves against skin ailments, and the fruits against coughs and asthma. The wood of Almondette is of poor quality hence usage is limited as firewood and for charcoal-making. Seeds are known as charoli or chironji.

Physical Characteristics

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Buchanania lanzan is an evergreen Tree growing to 12 m (39ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.


Buchanania cochinchinensis (Lour.) M.R.Almeida Buchanania latifolia Roxb.


Edible Uses

Seed - raw or cooked[ 46 , 301 , 310 ]. An excellent flavour, somewhat reminiscent of almonds or pistachios[ 63 , 301 ]. Eaten as a dessert seed and also used in sweetmeats[ 46 , 63 ]. In some parts of India the dried fruit and seed are baked together to make a sort of bread[ 63 ]. They are ground into powders for thickening savory sauces and flavoring batters, and stewed into rich, meaty kormas. The seed contains about 50% oil[ 63 ]. The seed is fairly small, about 7mm long[ 63 ]. After the hard shell is cracked, the stubby seed within is as soft as a pine nut. The fruit hangs on the tree for quite a long while after it has ripened[ 372 ]. Fruit - a pleasant, sweetish, subacid flavour[ 301 , 335 ]. Eaten fresh, or dried for later use[ 335 ]. The fruit is 15mm long[ 335 ]. An oil is obtained from the seed[ 301 , 335 ]. Light yellow with a sweet flavour and pleasant aroma, it can be used as a substitute for almond or olive oil[ 63 , 301 ].

Medicinal Uses

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The gum from the tree is used against leprosy in traditional medicine[ 310 ]. Charoli seeds are used in the Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine. The roots are acrid, astringent, cooling, depurative and constipating. They are useful in the treatment of diarrhoea[ 372 ]. The leaves are used in the treatment of skin diseases[ 372 ]. The fruits are used in treating coughs and asthma[ 372 ].

Other Uses

Other uses rating: Medium (3/5). Agroforestry Uses: A good species for afforesting bare hill slopes[ 372 ]. Other Uses The bark is used in tanning[ 146 , 310 ]. The tree yields a gum copiously in large, irregular pieces[ 146 ]. It is only partially soluble in water (about 10% insoluble), but it gives a good mucilage and can be useful in cheap manufacturing processes[ 146 ]. The gum has adhesive properties[ 46 ]. An oil is obtained from the seed[ 46 ]. The greyish-brown wood has a small, dark-coloured heartwood[ 146 ]. It is moderately hard[ 146 ]. Of poor quality, it is only used as firewood and for making charcoal[ 146 , 310 ]

Cultivation details

A plant of mainly drier areas in the tropics and subtropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,200 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 32 - 42?c, but can tolerate 5 - 48?c[ 418 ]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 1,000 - 1,500mm, but tolerates 750 - 2,200mm[ 418 ]. Grows well in full sun but can also tolerate considerable shade, especially when small[ 418 ]. Succeeds in most soils, including dry soils[ 146 , 418 ]. Prefers a pH in the range 5.5 - 6, tolerating 4.9 - 7.2[ 418 ].



Other Names

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Buchanania lanzan, Charoli Nut or Almondette. Seeds are known as charoli or chironji.

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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