Sunday, April 8, 2012



Well, I was a bit away from the plate and i just blurted, "What is that? Sampaloc?"
Well everyone laughed at me, and in fact, pitied me!!! 


Of course, it had a different color even if it had similar shape to the tamarind.

I told them, the only camanchile I know is Camanchile Street in Zamboanga City!!!
They all laughed.
I guess this may be more common in Luzon, but I never encountered this in Cebu or Zamboanga City!

And to think, I first saw and ate it in Bangkok!!!

So I just got some data from the net to share about it.

Definition of Kamachiles

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  1. n. In Guam and the Philippines, Pithecolobium dulce, a Mexican tree introduced into those islands for the sake of its edible pods and of its bark, which yields 25 per cent. of tannin. Also camanchile. See guamuchil.
Camanchile, Pithecolobium dulce Benth. (Leguminosæ), a native
of tropical America; introduced into the 
Philippines by the Spaniards
probably in the first century of 
Spanish occupation; now thoroughly
naturalized and widely distributed in the 

In Mexico is is known as Guamuchil. Yes you can eat the fruits just fresh or roasted. If you are from Philippines the fruit looks a bit like tamarind but has a curved or twisted shape, white pink color. Pod contains several seeds. There is a sub variety which is bitter but still edible.

Well, I wasn't wrong that it is shaped like a tamarind!
Funny, that this is not primarily Asian but rather Central and Southern American in origin.

I like it and it tastes healthy!!!
Thanks to the friendly folks in Fai Sor Kam at the fourth floor in Paragon, Bangkok who offered it to us!

Please answer me... have you seen a real camanchile???


  1. weeee!! camanchile! :-) i grew up eating lots of these doc... common din to sa iloilo/antique area... :-) i remember one of those summers we were there nglakwatsa kami sa farm and found a tree pati ako nakiakyat to get some only to find out maraming thorns!!! hahaha :-)

  2. kaya nga, tawa ng tawa sila sa akin... feeling ko wala akong childhood! hahaha... in Iloilo siguro...
    Did you see it in Zamboanga City?