The ambarella is a tree fruit with many names, including Otaheite apple, Tahitian quince, Jamaica plum, golden apple and so on. Wherever it is found it is referred to by its local name. It originated on the Society Islands in the South Pacific. The fruit is the size and shape of a large plum, sweet-sour and eaten at all stages of ripeness. It grows in clusters, having a greyish-orange skin, yellowish flesh and spiny seeds which should be removed carefully. If it is in its unripe form it is peeled and sliced and dipped in chilli powder and salt. It is also used in chutneys. As it ripens the pale flesh becomes yellow to orange and becomes sweeter, slightly resembling pineapple in flavour.