Gnetum gnemon Gnetaceae
Synonyms: Gnetum acutatum, G. vinosum
Common names:: Melinjo, Spanish joint fir (En); melinjo, belinjo, ;
meninjau, belinjau (Mal); Key characteristics: Shrub or small tree;
branches in whorls down to base of trunk; leaves opposite, with bent
and joining secondary nerves; flowers in whorls at nodes. Fruit
nut-like, yellow to red or purple, with one seed.
Use: The young leaves, inflorescence and fruits are cooked in
vegetable dishes. The seed can be eaten raw, but is usually cooked
or preserved as pounded flat cakes from which crispy snacks can be
Ecology: Found in rain forests up to 1,200 m altitude, commonly on
riverbanks. For cultivation areas with a distinct dry season is
preferable in order to synchronize fruiting. Distribution: Found and
cultivated throughout Southeast Asia.
A little bitter but delicious.
Major Ingredients :
Gnetum gnemon, Shrimp, Salt, Spices, Palm Sugar